chapter  9
ALL TIED UP? THE POTENTIAL IMPACT OF THE ROTTERDAM RULES ON SHIPPERS’ OBLIGATIONS TO CARRIERS UNDER BILL OF LADING CLAUSES IN RESPECT OF GOODS SHIPPED
ByDavid Glass
Pages 21

Bills of lading commonly contain several clauses which regulate the responsibilities of shippers and others 1 in respect of the goods shipped under a bill of lading or other form of contract for their carriage by sea. These relate mainly to ensuring that goods shipped are properly described, prepared properly for safe shipment and carriage and that any information that the carrier needs for safe carriage of the goods is provided in good time. 2 The combination of clauses will most likely use a variety of expressions to express the various obligations imposed and to imply a remedy. Shippers may well be required to provide a warranty or to indemnify the carrier in different respects designed to ensure that the carrier receives substantial protection both from failings of the shipper and any additional costs and expenses associated with particular aspects of the carriage of the goods.