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Glossary

Prima Facie

The Latin meaning for 'at first sight'. This was a term frequently encountered in foreign trade. When a steamship company issues a clean bill of lading, it acknowledges that the goods were received 'in apparent good order and condition' and this is said by the courts to constitute prima facie evidence of the conditions of the containers; that is, if nothing to the contrary appears, it must be inferred that the cargo was in good condition when received by the carrier.

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