Below are some of the common terms and conditions when a house bill of lading is issued2:
● The terms and conditions provide details about the carrier's tariff. The bill contains applicable provisions, if any. The carrier is another source for these clauses. If there is a discrepancy between the appropriate tariff and the house bill, the tariff should take the house bill into account.
● The house bill usually cannot be modified. The holding or receiving authority must follow the terms mentioned.
● The bill serves as the bare minimum proof that the carrier is lawfully transporting goods, but proper substantiating paperwork must be supplied. If it is stated in the bill that the third-party carrier is working in good faith, there is no need for additional documentation.
● The carrier should be free to subcontract for a portion or the entire journey. The carrier's business keeps the carrier out of any issues that arise. The carrier is not held responsible for any disputes.
● Both the cargo and the transporter must adhere to the laws of the seas they travel through, however, the rules may vary between nations, so travellers should be aware of this before departing.
● The only task of the carrier is port to port. In other transit scenarios, the carrier is not responsible for the cargo.
● The merchant's responsibilities throughout the journey are specified in the house bill of lading. Additionally, it specifies the maximum quantity of cargo that may be loaded into the containers.
● In the terms and conditions of the bill, there is also a provision for temperature-controlled cargo and adequate inspection.
● The house bill also includes live animals and provisions for deck cargo and cargo descriptions.
● According to the terms and circumstances, different fees are assessed for the transportation, possession of the items, and lien.
● There cannot be any waivers for the house bill unless any clauses are added. For the cruise, applicable legislation is specified.
● The parties must abide by the exchange of the necessary data and consent to the handling of personal information as specified in the bill.