A Freight Transit Order (FTO) is a form of inland BOL
used in South Africa and required by Spoornet, the primary
rail operator in the country.
Transport documents and special Instructions
Spoornet has the following to say about transport documents:
- Spoornet shall only accept goods into its care if
it has been timeously furnished with fully completed
transport documents, or the relevant Electronic Data
Interchange information, by the consignor (e.g. exporter)
who warrants that all information reflected on the transport
documents is accurate in all respects, and especially
for Customs and Consular purposes.
- The consignor shall indemnify Spoornet and hold it
harmless against all losses, damages, expenses and fines
arising from any inaccuracy or omission made by the
Consignor in the transport documents.
- Wherever it is necessary, for the purpose of these
conditions or any other purpose whatever, for special
instructions such as stoppage or diversion of goods
to be given to Spoornet, such instructions shall only
be recognised by Spoornet as valid if they are timeously
given and agreed to by Spoornet.
- In addition, in order to render such special instructions
valid, they shall either be given in writing by the
consignor or, if owing to the urgency of the situation
it is not practicable to give same in writing, they
may be given orally and thereafter confirmed in writing
as soon as reasonably practicable.
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