SHORT FORM SHIPPING DOCUMENTS

The importance of the development of short form documents lies not only in their immediate practical benefits and the assistance given to adoption and acceptance of alternative transport documents, but also in influencing the climate towards implementation of automatic data processing systems and towards shorter term agreements on standard conditions of inter-modal carriage. This article highlights the need for careful consideration of the consequences of a new simplified trade procedure. It is shown how short form shipping documents introduce problems for the carrier in establishing agreement with the shipper and for the new consignee in respect of notice of the terms of carriage. The ever present danger of judicial action, which may halt or delay such development if its consequences have not been fully and equitably worked out, are indicated by the Hong Kong Producer case. What emerges is the overall importance of parties not only recognising but also practising the acceptance of their changing individual responsibilities in the interest of general trade facilitation progress.

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    Jefferson Law Book Company

    2100 Huntingdon Avenue
    Baltimore, MD  United States  21211
  • Authors:
    • Finnie, A
  • Publication Date: 1976-7

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  • Accession Number: 00139194
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Jefferson Law Book Company
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 4 1976 12:00AM