Bill of Lading

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  • FOIL
  • London FOIL

A bill of lading will generally state that the cargo has been shipped in apparent good order and condition. That refers to the external appearance of the cargo so far as meets the eye on a reasonable examination. One of the questions raised by this appeal was, apparent to whom? An arbitrator found that pre-existing damage in a cargo of bulk soya beans was not apparent to the master who authorised the signature of the bill of lading, but that the shippers who prepared the draft bill of lading and presented it to the master for signature on behalf of the charterers must be taken to have known of the damage.

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