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CARRIAGE OF GOODS BY SEA ACT, 1925

Sections Contents  
  Preamble  
1 Short title and extent.  
2 Application of Rules  
3 Absolute warranty of seaworthiness not to be implied in contracts to which Rules apply  
4 Statement as to application of Rules to be included in bills of lading  
5 Modification of Article VI of Rules in relation to goods carried in sailing ships and by prescribed routes  
6 Modification of Rules 4 and 5 of Article III in relation to bulk cargoes  
7 Saving and operation  
  SCHEDULE
RULES RELATING TO BILLS OF LADING
 

 

 Carriage of Goods by Sea Act, 1925

ACT No. XXVI  OF 1925

21st September,1925

  An Act to amend the law with respect to the carriage of goods by sea

WHEREAS at the International Conference on Maritime Law held at Brussels in October, 1922, the delegates at the Conference, including the delegates representing His Majesty, agreed unanimously to recommend their  respective Governments to adopt as the basis of a convention a draft convention for the unification of certain rules relating to bills of lading ;

 

AND WHEREAS at a meeting held at Brussels in October, 1923, the rules contained in the said draft convention were amended by the Committee appointed by the said conference ;

 

AND WHEREAS provision has been made by the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act, 1924, that the said rules as so amended and as set out with modifications in the Schedule shall, subject to the provisions of that Act, have the force of law with a view to establishing the responsibilities, liabilities, rights and immunities attaching to carriers under bills of lading ;

AND WHEREAS it is expedient that like provision should be made in Pakistan ; It is hereby enacted as followed :-

 

  1. Short title and extent.        This Act may be called the   Carriage of Goods by Sea Act, 1925.

 

  1. Application of Rules.           Subject to the provisions of this Act, the rules set out in the Schedule (hereinafter referred to as “the Rules” shall have effect in relation to and in connection with the carriage of goods by sea in ships carrying goods from any port in Pakistan to any other port whether in or outside [Pakistan].

 

  1. Absolute warranty of seaworthiness not to be implied in contracts to which Rules apply.            There shall not be implied in any contract for the carriage of goods by sea to which the Rules apply any absolute undertaking by the carrier of the goods to provide a seaworthy ship.

 

  1. Statement as to application of Rules to be included in bills of lading.          Every bill of lading, or similar document of title, issued in Pakistan which contains or is evidence of any contract to which the Rules apply, shall contain an express statement that it is to have effect subject to the provisions of the said Rules as applied by this Act.
  2. Modification of Article VI of Rules in relation to goods carried in sailing ships and by prescribed routes.   Article VI of the Rules shall, in relation to —

(a)      the carriage of goods by sea in sailing ships carrying goods from any port in  [Pakistan] to any other port whether in or outside [Pakistan], and

(b)      the carriage of goods by sea in ships carrying goods from a port in [Pakistan] notified in this behalf in the [official gazette] by the [Central Government] to a port [in] [India or Ceylon] specified in the said notification,

 

have effect as  though the said Article referred to goods of any class instead of to particular goods and as though the proviso to the second paragraph of the said Article were omitted.

 

  1. Modification of Rules 4 and 5 of Article III in relation to bulk cargoes.         Where under the custom of any trade the weight of any bulk cargo inserted in the bill of lading is a weight ascertained or accepted by a third party other than the carrier or the shipper and the fact that the weight is so ascertained  or accepted is stated in the bill of lading, then, notwithstanding anything in the Rules, the bill of lading shall not be deemed to be prima facie evidence against the carrier of the receipt of goods of the weight so inserted  in the bill of lading, and the accuracy thereof at the time of shipment shall not be deemed to have been guaranteed by the shipper.

 

  1. Saving and operation.        (1)  Nothing in the this Act shall affect the operation of sections four hundred and forty six to four hundred and fifty, both inclusive, five hundred and two, and five hundred and three of the Merchant Shipping Act, 1894, as amended by any subsequent enactment, or the operation of any other enactment for the time being in force limiting the liability of the owners of sea-going vessels.

 

(2)  The Rules shall not by virtue of this Act apply to any contract for the carriage of goods by sea before such day, not being earlier than the first day of January, 1926, as the [Central Government] may, by notification in the [official Gazette], appoint, nor to any bill of lading or similar document of title issued, whether before or after such day as aforesaid, in pursuance of any such contract as aforesaid.

 

  

SCHEDULE
RULES RELATING TO BILLS OF LADING

 

I           Definitions.    In these Rules the following expressions have the meanings hereby assigned to them respectively, that is to say–

 

(a)    “Carrier” includes the owner or the charterer who enters into a contract of carriage with a shipper :

 

(b)      “Contract of carriage” applies only to contracts of carriage covered by a bill of lading or any similar document of title, in so far as such document relates to the carriage of goods by sea including any bill of lading or any similar document as aforesaid issued under or pursuant to a charter party from the moment at which such bill of lading or similar document of title regulates the relations between a carrier and a holder of the same :

 

(c)      “Goods” includes goods, wares, merchandises, and articles of every kind whatsoever, except live animals and cargo which by the contract of carriage is stated as being carried on deck and is so carried :

 

(d)      “Ship” means any vessel used for the carriage of goods by sea :

 

(e)      “Carriage of goods” covers the period from the time when the goods are loaded on the time when they are discharged from the ship.

 

II         Risks.  Subject to the provisions of Article VI, under every contract of carriage of goods by sea the carrier, in relation to the loading, handling, stowage, carriage, custody, care, and discharge of such goods, shall be subject to the responsibilities and liabilities, and entitled to the rights and immunities hereinafter set forth.

 

III        Responsibilities and Liabilities.     1. The carrier shall be bound before and at the beginning of the voyage, to exercise due diligence to —

 

(a)      make the ship seaworthy :

 

(b)      properly man, equip, and supply the ship :

 

(c)      Make the holds, refrigerating and cool chambers, and all other parts of the ship in which goods are carried, fit and safe for their reception, carriage and preservation.

 

  1. Subject to the provisions of Article IV, the carrier shall properly and carefully load, handle, stow, carry, keep, care for and discharge the goods carried.

 

  1. After receiving the goods into his charge, the carrier, or the master or agent of the carrier, shall, on demand of the shipper, issue to the shipper a bill of lading showing among other things—

 

(a)      The leading marks necessary for identification of the goods as the same are furnished in writing by the shipper before the loading of such goods starts, provided such marks are stamped or otherwise shown clearly upon the goods if uncovered, or on the cases or coverings in which such goods are contained, in such a manner as should ordinarily remain legible until the end of the voyage :

 

(b)      Either the number of packages or pieces, or the quantity, or weight, as the case may be, as  furnished in writing by the shipper :

 

(c)      The apparent order and condition of the goods :

 

Provided that no carrier, master or agent of the carrier, shall be bound to state or show in the bill or lading any marks, number,  quantity, or weight which he has reasonable ground for suspecting not accurately to represent the goods actually received, or which he has had no reasonable means of checking.

 

  1. Such a bill of lading shall be prima facie evidence of the receipt by the carrier of the goods as therein described in accordance with paragraph 3 (a), (b) and (c).

 

  1. The shipper shall be deemed to have guaranteed to the carrier the accuracy at the time of shipment of the marks, number, quantity, and weight, as furnished by him, and the shipper shall indemnify the carrier against all loss, damages, and expenses arising or resulting from inaccuracies in such particulars. The right of the carrier to such indemnity shall in no way limit his responsibility and liability under the contract of carriage to any person other than the shipper.

 

  1. Unless notice of loss or damage and the general nature of such loss or damage be given in writing to the carrier or his agent at the port of discharge before or at the time of the removal of the goods into the custody of the person entitled to delivery thereof under the contract of carriage, or, if the loss or damage be not apparent, within three days, such removal shall be prima facie evidence of the delivery by the carrier of the goods as described in the bill of lading.

 

The notice in writing need not be given if the state of the goods has at the time of their receipt been the subject of joint survey or inspection.

 

or failure in the duties and obligations provided in this Article or lessening such liability otherwise than as provided in these Rules, shall be null and void and of no effect.

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