647. Evidential value of the consignment note.

The consignment note1 is prima facie evidence of the conclusion and the conditions of the contract of carriage and the taking over of the goods by the carrier2. Where the goods have been loaded (by either the consignor or the carrier) the consignment note is prima facie evidence of the condition of the goods and their packaging indicated on the note or, in the absence of such indications, of their apparently good condition and of the accuracy of the statements in the note concerning the number of packages, their marks and numbers as well as the gross mass of