Letter of Indemnity – Dos and Don’ts

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Many of you might have heard the term Letter of Indemnity (LOI) in day to day shipping practice..

There have been several arguments, discussions, commercial threats, litigation etc surrounding this LOI..

But many still have doubts on what an LOI is, when it can and should be used, whether it is legally enforceable and whether it is worth the paper it is written on..

I will try to answer these questions in this article..

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Who should bear responsibility for loss of original bill of lading

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Question from a reader..

Greetings Hariesh. I was just wondering, in a case whereby a plane say crashes or disappears, and having some OBLs being couriered, who would be responsible for doing the Letter of Indemnity to facilitate release of cargo?

Question from Lloyd BaMumu Taadira

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Story of a CIF contract and a Letter of Indemnity

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This is the Story of a CIF contract and a Letter of Indemnity..

Seller is delivering CIF to Chinese port. The contract has an LOI provision if the original bill of lading should be lost..

The buyer’s bank refuses to make payment without original BOL and will not accept LOI..

What happens next..??

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