Liability of the shipper on the bill of lading

Opinion Piece

There have been several questions about the “liability of a shipper on a bill of lading”.. As we have discussed, any one can be a shipper on the bill of lading and may not necessarily be the actual exporter or seller of the goods that are covered in the bill of lading..

It is not uncommon for a Seller to be pursued by the Carrier for unpaid charges incurred in relation to the cargo, say, due to the Consignee failing to come forth and take delivery.

More often, this comes as a shock to the Seller given that they may have received payment under their contract for sale of goods and subsequently transferred the negotiable Bill of Lading by endorsement (either to a named party or in blank).

The Seller generally presumes that they do not bear any liability and instead believe that the Carrier only has a right to pursue the Consignee.

The below article by Muthu Jagannath explains the liability of the entity who is listed as a Shipper in the Bill of Lading (“BL”)..

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What is Dangerous Goods Declaration and who should submit it..??

dangerous goods declaration

The safe carriage of Dangerous Goods requires several considerations, processes of approval, acceptance, carriage protocols and documentation..

For the shipping line/carriers, while containerisation brought along ease of handling cargo, it also brought about the headache of not knowing WHAT IS INSIDE THE CONTAINER..

Carriers have no way of knowing what is inside the container and depend on the STC and SLAC information provided by the shipper..

For dangerous goods, this cargo information is provided to the carrier in the form of the Dangerous Goods Declaration..

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Shipper vs Agent – A case study

Shipper vs Agent - Case Study

Article discussing a dispute between a shipper and his agent relating to the shipment of the goods, ETA and freight..

This maybe an eye opener for several other people who maybe in this predicament or situation and need to know these intimate details of shipping..

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Shipper on bill of lading can be from a country different from port of loading – Yes or No

shipper vs exporter

Shipper on bill of lading can be from a country different from port of loading – Yes or No..?? What is your opinion and what is the regulation in your country..?? Participate in this short poll and let us find out..

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Can cargo be released without collection of destination charges..??

Question from a reader from Turkey.. Please feel free to comment.. Ask your question here..: Dear Hariesh Hope doing well. I need your opinion to clarify a big doubt. Some … Read more here..

Is there a limitation on the number of Original bills to be issued..??

A reader of this blog had asked a question as below : What is the limitation on 3 OBLs? Why 3….I’ve had customers request 5+ OBLs to be issued. When … Read more here..

Difference between an exporter and a shipper

There are several terms that one comes across in course of normal trade and business.. This article talks about Shipper and Exporter which may sound same to many people but are actually different..

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Parts of a bill of lading – Part 1

1st part of a 4 part article that dissects a bill of lading and discusses the different parts and the information that needs to be filled up in each part..

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Article 3 – Export process

Have you read Article 1 and Article 2 of this shipping blog..?? Before we start with Article 3 which is the export process, lets look at some definitions/explanations : Shipper … Read more here..

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