Clause Paramount

By Clause Paramount the Hague-Visby Rules may be incorporated within the terms of the Bill of Lading (B/L). Hague-Visby Rules are automatically incorporated into any Bill of Lading (B/L) which serves to evidence the contract of carriage and which is issued in respect of a port of shipment from the United Kingdom.

Clause Paramount is important because unless specifically incorporated, the Hague-Visby Rules do not apply to charter parties. Thus, if the Bill of Lading (B/L) is issued under a charter party, the charter party will not be covered by the Hague-Visby Rules unless these are specifically incorporated into the Bill of Lading (B/L).