A document by which the Master of a ship acknowledges having received in good order and condition (or the reverse) certain specified goods consigned to him by some particular shipper, and binds himself to deliver them in similar condition, unless the perils of the sea, fire or enemies prevent him, to the consignees of the shippers at the point of destination on their paying him the stipulated freight. A bill of lading specifies the name of the master, the port and destination of the ship the goods, the consignee, and the rate of freight.

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Carriage Of Goods by Sea


The process of leaving a ship or aircraft, or removing goods from a ship or aircraft.


International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code.


A room for stowing goods in a ship


The ship's customs warrant for clearing goods


Goods that must be loaded aboard a ship individually, and not in intermodal containers or in bulk, carried by a general cargo ship.


An area of security approved by custom authorities for the safekeeping or deposit of goods liable for excise duty but not yet subject to that duty.


The greater weight or measurement of goods where 1 tonnes is either 1,000 kg or 1 cubic meter.


The person named in the bill of lading as the one from whom the goods have been received for shipment.


A flat tray, generally made of wood but occasionally of steel, on which goods particularly those in boxes, cartons or bags, can be stacked. Its purpose is to facilitate the movement of such goods, mainly by the use of forklift trucks.

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