The Electronic Trade Documents Act ("the Act") comes into force today in the United Kingdom, giving legal recognition in English law to electronic trade documents, including electronic bills of lading.
The International Group (“IG”) Standard Form Letters of Indemnity (given in return for delivery of cargo without production of an original bill of lading and/or delivery of cargo at a port or place other than stated in the bill of lading) were last reviewed in 2010.
This circular confirms approval by the International Group of an updated version of the Secro Customer and User Agreement dated 16th March 2023 as well as use of the Secro Customer e-billls of lading in conjunction with the said User Agreement
EssDOCS, Bolero International Ltd, E-Title Authority Pte Ltd, Global Share S.A
This circular informs Members of the approval by the International Group of P&I Clubs (the Group) of the Secro system
BIMCO has developed and published an eBL Standard for the bulk shipping sector to establish common industry standards for e-BLs
Circular 10/22: Electronic (Paperless) Trading - Update to TradeLens Terms and Conditions
This circular informs Members of the amendments to the TradeLens Rulebook and Service Description.
The Supreme Court has refused the disponent owners permission to appeal, and affirmed the decision of the Court of Appeal
The Club's guest authors, Jeremy M Joseph and Matthew Van Huizen of JOSEPH & PARTNERS, discuss the different limitation of liability regimes applicable to Peninsular Malaysia and to East Malaysia.
This circular informs Members of the approval by the International Group of P&I Clubs (the Group) of the IQAX eBL system.
Circular 05/22: Paperless Trading Electronic Trading Systems Update to E-TITLE – cancellation of R3 ownership
The E-TITLE electronic trading system is now owned by E-Title Authority Pte Ltd, following the dissolution of the agreement between R3 and E-TITLE.
Herculito Maritime Limited & others v Gunvor International BV & others (The "Polar") - Court of Appeal  EWCA Civ 1828
Court of Appeal: cargo owners and shippers are liable to contribute to general average even if insured, unless bill of lading explicitly states otherwise.
QCR Autumn 2021: Noble Chartering Inc V Priminds Shipping (HK) Co Ltd (The "Tai Prize")  EWCA Civ 87 - Court of Appeal
Court of Appeal clarifies warranty obligations in bill of lading disputes, the master's obligation to sign a bill of lading must be performed upon his own judgement
There has been a change in ownership of the E-TITLE electronic trading system and its underlying legal framework to software technology firm, R3; There has been a change in trading name of the E-TITLE electronic trading system to Corda eBL; Members are invited to take note of how the Corda eBL software will operate.
The International Group has approved an updated version of essDOCS's electronic trading system.
This circular informs Members of the approval by the International Group of P&I Clubs (the Group) of the TradeLens eBL system.
On 1 February 2021, the Singapore parliament passed the Electronic Transactions (Amendment) Bill2 which adopts the UNICTRAL Model Law on Electronic Transferable Records ("Model Law"), with certain modifications.
IG Letters of Indemnity
Members are often asked to accept letters of indemnity (LOIs) from their shippers or charterers in return for the delivery of cargo without presentation of original bills of lading, the delivery of cargo at a port other than that named in the bill of lading (or both) and in various other circumstances
In Part I of this article, the authors introduced the three new eBL providers whose blockchain based systems were recently approved by the International Group (IG), and provided an overview on how their systems work
Three years ago, the UK P&I Club issued a Legal Briefing on Electronic Bills of Lading (eBLs) in which we tried to de-mystify the concept of the eBL, by providing an insight into how the systems of the three eBL providers approved by the International Group of P&I Clubs (the "IG") at the time, namely Bolero, essDOCS and e-Title™, work. We explained the legal principles relied upon by these providers to enable their eBLs to replicate the essential functions of a paper BL. We also tried to put cyber risks in context by explaining that these risks are risks associated with the general use of computers in our businesses, and are not risks specific to the use of eBLs.