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Gard Guidance on Bills of Lading


If during inspection, it is found that the goods are damaged or that packing is inadequate/insufficient, or that marks are unclear or will not likely remain legible for the entire carriage, the Master should:

  • take steps to prevent such cargo from being loaded. It will be more difficult, even impossible if there are no means of discharge, to have damaged goods replaced if they have already been loaded

  • immediately inform the shipper and confirm in writing, that the bills of lading will be appropriately claused unless replacement goods are provided or the damage is made good. The latter may still necessitate clausing the bills of lading depending on the extent to which the damage is made good. If the shipper refuses to accept claused bills of lading, is unwilling to provide replacement goods or make good the damage, the Master should protest in writing stating that the ship is at liberty to reject the goods. Rejection should not formally be given without the Company’s approval. Assistance/advice can be sought from the P&I correspondent.