What action should the master take if goods being loaded, e. g. second hand cars, were in a damaged condition and the stevedore insisted that this was normal?

The master should accept the goods for carriage on condition that he can issue a claused bill of lading stating the nature of the damage. He is entitled, as the carrier’s servant, to enter remarks on the bill of lading as to the apparent order and condition of the goods.

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