The mate’s receipt is a document upon which the particulars contained in the bill of lading are based and it is necessary that the information on both documents is substantially the same. It is not a document of title to the goods shipped as it does not contain a contract of carriage and its possession is therefore not equivalent to possession of the goods, nor does its endorsement or transfer pass any title. However, it is prima facie evidence that the person named therein is entitled to receive the bill of lading in exchange. It occasionally happens that ownership of the goods is transferred before the bill is issued, in which case due notice of the transaction should be given by the shipper to the ocean carrier. A mate’s receipt may be subject to the carrier’s bill of lading terms and conditions and has now been generally replaced in the United Kingdom by the Standard Shipping Note which must accompany all goods to the docks or terminal. It is on this document that any notation will appear such as ‘frail cases’ or ‘dented drums’ which is transmitted to the bill of lading before issue. In those ports where a mate’s receipt is used, it is usual for it to be exchanged for the bill of lading.
- Related Document
- Local Port
- Prima Facie Evidence
- Delivery Order
- Cautious Attitude
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Mitchelhill, A. (1990). Related documents. In: Bills of Lading. Springer, Boston, MA. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4899-7236-1_10
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