In general the absence, irregularity or loss of the consignment note1 does not affect the existence or the validity of the contract of carriage2. To this general principle, however, there appear to be a number of exceptions: in particular, liability limits and declarations of special interest in delivery must be declared in the consignment note3, and certain rights to dispose of the goods in transit can be exercised by the sender or consignee4, but only upon presentation of the consignment note5. Further, a carrier probably cannot become a successive carrier for the purpose of the Convention unless he receives
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