NorthStandard Adopts Streamlined Approval For e-Bill Systems

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  • NorthStandard welcomed the Electronic Trade Documents Act (Act), giving legal recognition in English law to electronic trade documents, including electronic bills of lading.
  • The Group previously advised that, following the recent legislative developments, it would review its approach to approval of paperless trading systems.

According to NorthStandard, in September 2023, the Group welcomed the Electronic Trade Documents Act (Act), giving legal recognition in English law to electronic trade documents, including electronic bills of lading, reports Safety4sea.

This significant legislative development, followed soon after the adoption by Singapore of similar legislation, in the form of the Singapore Electronic Transactions (Amendment) Act 2021.

What is a Bill of Lading?

A bill of lading is a contract issued by a carrier (shipping line), or by the agent, to the owner of the goods shipped, to acknowledge receipt of cargo for shipment. The document basically states what goods are being shipped, as well as where the shipment is coming from and heading to.

Club Rules provide that liabilities arising in respect of the carriage of cargo under paperless trading systems are covered, provided that the system has first been approved by the Group. Since 20 February 2010, in the absence of legal recognition of electronic bills of lading, the Group has approved eleven electronic systems.

The Group previously advised that, following the recent legislative developments, it would review its approach to approval of paperless trading systems.

The IG has now adopted a streamlined approach to approval for systems that are limited to the use of e-bills subject to laws that recognise their validity as equivalent to paper bills. However, given that the majority of jurisdictions are yet to adopt similar legislation, for all other systems the existing approval process will continue to apply until further notice.

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Source: Safety4sea