Where the Hague- Visby Rules apply, what are the carrier’s obligations regarding issue of a bill of lading?

On receiving goods into his charge, the carrier, the master or the carrier’s agent, if the shipper demands, must issue a bill of lading to the shipper showing, amongst other things:

 all leading marks for identification of the goods, as stated by the shipper before loading (in his shipping note), provided these are visible on the goods or their coverings; either the number of packages or pieces, or the quantity, or weight, as stated by the shipper (in his shipping note); and the apparent order and condition of the goods. Any bill of lading thus issued will be prima facie evidence of receipt of the goods by the carrier as described, but proof to the contrary will not be admissible if the bill of lading is transferred to a third party acting in good faith. Any bill of lading issued after loading must be a “shipped” bill of lading if the shipper demands, provided he surrenders any previously issued document of title (e. g. a “received” bill of lading issued when the goods arrived at a warehouse or depot before shipment).


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