Bills of Lading Act 1855

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citation1855 c. 111
Anno Regni VICTORI, Britanniarum Regin,Decimo Octavo & Decimo Nono. An Act to amend the Law relating to Bills of Lading.

(18 & 19 Vict.) C A P. CXI.

[14th August 1855]

'WHEREAS by the Custom of Merchants a Bill of Lading of Goods being transferable by Endorsement the Property in the Goods may thereby pass to the Endorsee, but nevertheless all Rights in respect of the Contract contained in the Bill of Lading continue in the original Shipper or Owner, and it is expedient that such Rights should pass with the Property: And whereas it frequently happens that the Goods in respect of which Bills of Lading purport to be signed have not been laden on board, and it is proper that such Bills of Lading in the Hands of abon fide Holder for Value should not be questioned by the Master or other Person signing the same on the Ground of the Goods not having been laden as aforesaid:' Be it therefore enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the Authority of the same, as follows:

S-I Rights under Bills of Lading to vest in Consignee or Endorsee.

I Rights under Bills of Lading to vest in Consignee or Endorsee.

I. Every Consignee of Goods named in a Bill of Lading, and every Endorsee of a Bill of Lading to whom the Property in the Goods therein mentioned shall pass, upon or by reason of such Consignment or Endorsement, shall have transferred to and vested in him all Rights of Suit, and be subject to the same Liabilities in respect of such Goods as if the Contract contained in the Bill of Lading had been made with himself.

S-II Not to affect Right of Stoppage in transitu or Claims for Freight.

II Not to affect Right of Stoppage in transitu or Claims for Freight.

II. Nothing herein contained shall prejudice or affect any Right of Stoppagein transitu , or any Right to claim Freight against the original Shipper or Owner, or any Liability of the Consignee or Endorsee by reason or in consequence of his being such Consignee or Endorsee, or of his Receipt of the Goods by reason or in consequence of such Consignment or Endorsement.

S-III Bill of Lading in Hands of Consignee, &c. conclusive Evidence of Shipment as against Master, &c.

III Bill of Lading in Hands of Consignee, &c. conclusive Evidence of Shipment as against Master, &c.

III. Every Bill of Lading in the Hands of a Consignee or Endorsee for valuable...

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