Why are the remarks made on a bill of lading important?

Because certain remarks will make a bill of lading “dirty”, “claused” or “foul”, with serious consequences for the shipper when he presents a set of shipped bills of lading to his bank and tries to collect early payment for the goods in a letter of credit transaction.

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A tanker has completed loading and is ordered to sea, but the bills of lading have been presented for signature without any cargo figures being inserted. What should the master do?

The master of a ship loading apparently defective goods feels he should make remarks on the mate’s receipt, but is not certain what remarks to make. What action should he take?