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CHAPTER 5 Bill of lading: Functions

Maritime Law and Practice in China

Page 50 CHAPTER 5 Bill of lading: Functions Bill of lading: Functions 5.1 In the CMC 1992, a contract of carriage of goods 1 by sea is a contract under which the carrier, against payment of freight, undertakes to carry by sea the goods contracted for shipment by the shipper from one port to another. 2 The carriage of goods by sea in the CMC 1992 includes sea-to-river and river-to-sea direct transport but not coastal traffic, and the provisions concerning the bill of lading do not apply to the maritime transport of goods between the ports of China. 3 The Contract Law 1999 applies to the coastal and inland water carriage of goods.

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