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In what circumstances might a letter of indemnity be offered to the ship or carrier, in connection with a bill of lading?

(1) Against issue of a “clean” bill of lading when cargo is shipped that is not in “apparent good order and condition”; 

(2) when goods are being claimed at the discharge port without surrender of one of the set of “original” bills of lading; and (3) when the port where delivery is required is not the same as the port of discharge shown on the Bill; (4) where there is a combination of (2) and (3).

 

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