612. Evidential value of the consignment note.

For the purposes of the CMR Convention1, the consignment note2 is prima facie evidence of the making of the contract of carriage, the conditions of the contract and the receipt of the goods by the carrier3. On taking over the goods, the carrier must check the accuracy of the statements in the consignment note as to the number of packages and their marks and numbers4 unless he has no reasonable means of checking them, in which case he must enter his reservations on the consignment note together with the grounds on which they are based5. Similarly, although the consignment