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Bills of Lading

West has assembled a library of resources dedicated to helping Members with matters involving Bills of Lading, including videos, claims guides and articles covering a wide variety of topics.

An introduction to Bills of Lading

Watch our helpful introductory video by Claims Director, Fiona McCoig and Claims Manager, Christina Anderson in which they discus the three functions of a Bill of Lading and common issues which can arise from the perspective of the contractual carrier.


In this video we cover the functions of Bills of Lading including receipt, evidence of the contract of carriage and document of title.

Electronic Bills of Lading

The use of electronic Bills of Lading is becoming increasingly common in many shipping trades and the number of system providers continues to grow. West has produced guides and other information to help guide Members in this area.


In this video we cover delivery of cargo without original bills of lading: claims by banks, Letters of Indemnity and Electronic Bills of Lading.

For any questions regarding Electronic Bills of Lading please contact our expert Chris Ward.

Chris Ward
Chris Ward
Claims Manager
M. +44 7747 214986
E. Chris.Ward@westpandi.com

Related links

  • Bills Of Lading 27 May, 2021
    Electronic bills of lading: A good idea on paper?

    We consider the advantages of eBills over paper bills, and outline their status as regards Club cover.

    Chris Ward
    Chris Ward
    Claims Manager
  • Bills Of Lading 03 Jul, 2019
    Deck Cargo Clause on Bills of Lading: The Elin (2019)

    Members are reminded that in order to ensure that liabilities for the carriage of cargo on deck fall within Club cover, the contract of carriage must contain an appropriate liberty or be endorsed with a suitable clause.

Please contact our specialists below with any questions regarding Bills of Lading and Electronic Bills of Lading. 

Fiona McCoig
Fiona McCoig
Claims Director (Asia)
T. +852 2863 4563
M. +852 9180 1383
E. Fiona.McCoig@Westpandi.com
Chris Ward
Chris Ward
Claims Manager
M. +44 7747 214986
E. Chris.Ward@westpandi.com