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A useful summary of the principles of being an agent and the functions of a bill of lading has been provided by the Cypriot Supreme Court in the recent decision of Associated Agencies Limited v Roha Premium Potato Limited.
The world’s media continues to highlight the frequency with which cyber-attacks take place on the transport and supply chain.
On the face of it, the right of a freight forwarder to exercise a lien for unpaid bills should be a relatively simple affair. Unfortunately, the complexities of modern supply chains can often throw up challenging situations, in which those rights need to be carefully weighed up, before deciding whether to exercise a lien over goods.
In a hotly contested battle between the owners of an oil product tanker and cargo owners, the English court has recently expressed its view on what time bar should apply to a misdelivery claim, where that cargo has been carried under a bill of lading, which incorporates the Hague Rules.
In a recent appeal from an arbitration decision, the English Court was asked to consider the apportionment of liability, under the Inter-Club Agreement, in respect of a cargo claim arising from the handling of cargo.
As the threat of malicious cyber attacks increases, ship owners are facing greater responsibilities to ensure that their risk management systems are resilient.