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Part II Bills of Lading and Other Documents of Carriage, 6 The Bill of Lading as a Receipt for the Goods Shipped

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: 13 July 2024

Bills of lading and carriage of goods — Documents of carriage

This chapter focuses on the bill of lading as a receipt for the goods shipped. The face of a bill of lading contains information about the shipment of goods, including factual information concerning the goods which are received for shipment by the carrier. This includes information as to quantity and weight, any leading marks, and the apparent order and condition of the goods. These statements on the face of the bill of lading are directly relevant to the exercise of the holder’s contractual and other legal rights against sellers of the goods or, indeed, the carrier. The master’s principal responsibility in relation to the bill of lading is to ensure that the information on the face of the bill of lading corresponds to the mate’s receipt. The chapter then considers clauses in bills of lading and indemnities, as well receipt under the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act 1992.

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