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The use and legal effects of carriage documents in international multimodal transport

Glass, David Alan, Marlow, Peter Bernard and Nair, Rawindaran Vnp 2010. The use and legal effects of carriage documents in international multimodal transport. International Journal of Shipping and Transport Logistics 2 (4) , pp. 347-363. 10.1504/IJSTL.2010.035499

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Abstract

One element of the supply of international transport services as part of a logistics supply chain is the use of transport documents which exchange and record information and embodies legal significance. Historically, many of these documents developed along modal lines and are paper-based but modern logistics practices and international trade often require multi-modal distribution channels and the greater use of information technology with a possible shift to electronic documents. This paper examines whether, in the light of the evolving operational and legal environment and from an industry perspective, a more flexible approach to carriage documentation could emerge. The paper, based on a qualitative study, comprises five sections. Following the introduction, the research methodology is outlined. Section 3 discusses documents of carriage and legal issues while Section 4 presents the findings from the study. The final section offers some conclusions and suggests that, despite various changes which are moving in the right direction, legacy and uncertainty render various parties reluctant to take advantage of the changing legal framework.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Law
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JX International law
K Law > K Law (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: International multimodal transport; Bills of lading; Sea waybills; Rotterdam rules; Electronic documents; E-documents; Carriage documents; Logistics; Transport documents ; Legal issues
Publisher: Inderscience Publishers
ISSN: 1756-6517
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2018 21:34
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/22019

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