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What is said to contain in Bill of Lading.
This is one of the common questions I have been receiving. Why Bill of Lading showing as ‘said to contain’, What is the meaning of ‘said to contain’, Why shipping line mentions “said to contain” etc.
You would have seen this term, just below the column ‘description of goods’.
As you know, Bill of lading is issued by carrier as the proof of receipt of goods as per the details mentioned. Exporter packs the goods at his place, labels and marks, and concealed before moving to customs station for export. Here, the carrier does not inspect the goods and confirm that the goods declared in Bill of lading are matched with the actual goods he received. Also carrier is not known about the ‘condition of contents of goods’ inside - whether the goods packed inside is damaged. So he is not aware of the exact nature of goods. If any claim arises, the carrier is responsible only on the total number of packages if Less Container Load shipments. He is not responsible for the contents of the parcel. For example, if the goods are described as ‘Glass vessels’, the Bill of lading mentions “said to contain” Glass vessels. It Means, ‘the shipper says that, the contents of packages are Glass vessels’. So, the carrier does not know, whether the contents are glass vessels or the said glass vessels are in good condition or damaged one. Also read What is Said to weigh in Bill of Lading
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