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Gard Guidance Masters DATE OF ISSUE

A “shipped on board” bill of lading confirms that the cargo was loaded onto the vessel on a particular date. The date of shipment has often important implications, e.g. in the contract of sale between the shipper and receiver. If the date is incorrect the Company may face claims from the receiver. The bill of lading must therefore be signed and dated to accurately record the date when the cargo was actually loaded. The Master must not sign an ante/post-dated bill of lading.