Bills of Lading Act

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Bills of Lading (CAP. 50 1



Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.
2. Rights under bill of lading to vest in consignee or

3. Not to affect right of stoppage or claims for freight.
4. Bill of lading in hands of consignee, etc., conclusive

evidence of the shipment as against master, etc.


(5th March, 1887.)

1. This Act may be cited as the Bills of Lading Act. short title.

2. Every consignee of goods named in a bill of lading, Rights under bill
of lading to vest and every indorsee of a bill of lading, to whom the property in consignee or

in the goods therein mentioned shall pass upon or by reason indorsee.
of such consignment or indorsement, shall have transferred
to and vested in him all rights of suit, and be subject to the
same liabilities, in respect of such goods as if the contract
contained in the bill of lading had been made with himself.

3. Nothing herein contained shall prejudice or affect :;:tG;:ro:ight
any rights of stoppage in transitu, or any right to claim freight .I~;,, for freight.
against the original shipper or owner, or any liability of the
consignee or indorsee by reason or in consequence of his
being such consignee or indorsee, or of his receipt of the


CAP. 50) Bills of Lading

goods by reason or in consequence of such consignment or

Bill of lading in
hands of

4. Every bill of lading in the hands of a consignee
consignee, etc., or indorsee for valuable consideration, representing goods
evidence of the

to have been shipped on board a vessel, shall be conclusive
shipment as evidence of such shipment as against the master or other
against master, person signing the same, notwithstanding that such goods

or some part thereof may not have been so shipped, unless
such holder of the bill of lading shall have had actual notice,
at the time of receiving the same, that the goods had not
been in fact laden on board:

Provided that the master or other person so signing may
exonerate himself in respect of such misrepresentation by
showing that it was caused without any default on his part
and wholly by the fraud of the shipper, or of the holder,
or some person under whom the holder claims.
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