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Part II Bills of Lading and Other Documents of Carriage, 5 Issue and Transfer of Bills of Lading

From: Carriage of Goods by Sea (3rd Edition)

Stephen Girvin

From: Oxford Legal Research Library (http://olrl.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 22 July 2024

Bills of lading and carriage of goods — Documents of carriage

This chapter details the issue and transfer of bills of lading. In many instances, unless otherwise specified, a bill of lading will be required for shipment. Bills of lading are typically prepared by agents representing the shipper; if not making use of such agents, the mate’s receipts and bills of lading is prepared by the shipper who should present the bills of lading in a reasonable time after loading of the cargo for signature by the ship’s mate (or his agent) and the master, or his agent. It is essential that the bills of lading are only issued and dated once all the cargo covered by those bills of lading have actually been loaded. The chapter then considers the drawing of bills of lading in sets. It also looks at the negotiation (transfer) of bills of lading; the transfer of bills of lading to ‘order’; the transfer of bills of lading in blank; the transfer of bills of lading made out to bearer; and the transfer of straight bills of lading.

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