2018 US Code
Title 46 - Shipping
Subtitle III - Maritime Liability
Chapter 307 - Liability of Water Carriers
Sec. 30703 - Bills of lading

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Citation 46 U.S.C. § 30703 (2018)
Section Name §30703. Bills of lading
Section Text

(a) Issuance.—On demand of a shipper, the carrier shall issue a bill of lading or shipping document.

(b) Contents.—The bill of lading or shipping document shall include a statement of—

(1) the marks necessary to identify the goods;

(2) the number of packages, or the quantity or weight, and whether it is carrier's or shipper's weight; and

(3) the apparent condition of the goods.


(c) Prima Facie Evidence of Receipt.—A bill of lading or shipping document issued under this section is prima facie evidence of receipt of the goods described.

Source Credit

(Pub. L. 109–304, §6(c), Oct. 6, 2006, 120 Stat. 1516.)

Editorial Notes
Historical and Revision Notes
Revised SectionSource (U.S. Code)Source (Statutes at Large)
30703 46 App.:193. Feb. 13, 1893, ch. 105, §4, 27 Stat. 445.

In subsection (a), the words "On demand of a shipper" are added because of the reference to a demand in 46 App. U.S.C. 194. The words "transporting merchandise or property from or between ports of the United States and foreign ports" are omitted because of section 30702(a) of the revised title. The word "lawful" (which modifies "merchandise") is omitted as unnecessary.

In subsection (b)(2), the words "or weight" are added for consistency with the requirement to state whether it is the carrier's or shipper's weight.

In subsection (b)(3), the word "order" is omitted as redundant to "condition". The words "delivered to and received by . . . for transportation" are omitted as unnecessary.

Publication Title United States Code, 2018 Edition, Title 46 - SHIPPING
Category Bills and Statutes
Collection United States Code
SuDoc Class Number Y 1.2/5:
Contained Within Title 46 - SHIPPING
Subtitle III - Maritime Liability
CHAPTER 307 - LIABILITY OF WATER CARRIERS
Sec. 30703 - Bills of lading
Contains section 30703
Date 2018
Laws In Effect As Of Date January 14, 2019
Positive Law Yes
Disposition standard
Statutes at Large References 27 Stat. 445
120 Stat. 1516
Public Law References Public Law 109-304
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