The carriage of goods by sea act cogsa is a united states statute governing the rights and responsibilities between shippers of cargo and ship owners regarding ocean shipments to and from the united states it is the us enactment of the international convention regarding bills of lading commonly known as the hague rulesit was found in title 46 appendix of the united states code . The law of carriage of goods by sea is a body of law that governs the rights and duties of shippers carriers and consignees of marine cargo primarily concerned with cargo claims this body of law is an aspect of international commercial law and maritime law the typical obligations of a carrier by sea to a shipper of cargo are to provide a seaworthy ship. Carriage of goods carriage of goods in law the transportation of goods by land sea or air the relevant law governs the rights responsibilities liabilities and immunities of the carrier and of the persons employing the services of the carrier until the development of railroads the most prominent mode of. The lawful holder of a bill of lading has title to sue as defined by section 52 of the carriage of goods by sea act 1992 where title to sue is transferred to the lawful holder of a bill such . The carriage of goods by sea act cogsa 46 united states code 1300 1315 1301 defenitions when used in this chapter a the term carrier includes the owner or the charterer who enters into a contract of carriage with a shipper
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