The master of a dry cargo ship is asked to discharge cargo onto trucks without presentation of a bill of lading by the receiver. What should he do?

Instruct the agent to inform the receiver so that no cargo can be discharged until either: (1) an original bill of lading can be presented; or (2) an acceptable letter of indemnity is given by the receiver. The P&I club correspondent should be informed.

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Just before sailing, the chief mate informs the master that the cargo loaded is 4000 tonnes short of the charter party figure. What should the master do?

What is an acceptable letter of indemnity?