487. Sea waybills and straight bills of lading.

A 'sea waybill' is a document which contains or evidences an undertaking by the carrier to the shipper to deliver the goods to the person who is for the time being identified as being entitled to delivery, or his duly authorised agent, on production of proof of identity at the port of discharge1. Thus, unlike a bill of lading, a sea waybill does not need to be presented to the carrier by the consignee at the port of discharge in order to obtain delivery of the goods2. The use of a sea waybill may, therefore, eliminate the difficulties which