Is Seaway bill a document of title? What is Seaway bill.

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Is Seaway bill a document of title? What is Seaway bill?

Bill of Lading and Sea way bill are two terms in shipping under imports and exports. What is Seaway Bill? How does bill of Lading work? Is Sea Way bill a document of Title?

Seaway bill is an evidencing document of contract of carriage and the carrier’s receipt of the goods. A bill of lading functions as a contract of carriage, receipt of goods by carrier and document of title. Seaway bill is not a document of title. Means, the seaway bill can not be used for negotiation procedures with bank.

Is Seaway bill a document of title

In a seaway bill, the consignee at destination need not produce a copy of seaway bill duly endorsed by him to the carrier to deliver goods. The carrier can deliver goods to the consignee by identifying and confirming as the claimer is the consignee mentioned in the documents. In other words, in a seaway bill, the responsibility for identifying the consignee is vested with the carrier.

Since the seaway bill is not a document of title, the said bill cannot be used under shipments where in Letter of credit is involved.


Also seaway bill has no legal strength, if the goods to be resold at destination ‘to the order of consignee’, as seaway bill does not fall under document of title.

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Naveen: Can a shipping line release Shipment to a consignee if the consignee stamps on Seaway BL copy which has a bold clause in the bottom of the Sea Way Bill suggesting " ** Proof reading copy - Not useable for Cargo Delivery ** Also is notify part chop required before releasing the cargo to the consignee . Need your immediate reply.

senia poniso: Can anyone assist me to tell me the difference between Bill of landing and Sea Waybill

nasser: can carrier change status of the B/L after issuing seaway bill of lading ? with the seaway bill issued, can cnee legally take to court the carrier for not releasing the goods to them at POD ?

Arivalagan: Hope the seaway bill is involved only when there is no direct carrier.

yezdi vesuna: Can the consignee mentioned on Seaway bill endorse the Seaway bill to the third party ie can an agent issue delivery order to the third party instead of the consignee mentioned on the Seaway bill ?

Premdeep: Sea way bill and Express B/L can easily be used with letter of credit, no problem with that... thought to correct you because you have mentioned the opposite

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