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[ Text of section effective until July 1, 2013. For text effective July 1, 2013, see below.]

  Section 7-303. (1) Unless the bill of lading otherwise provides, the carrier may deliver the goods to a person or destination other than that stated in the bill or may otherwise dispose of the goods on instructions from

  (a) the holder of a negotiable bill; or

  (b) the consignor on a non-negotiable bill notwithstanding contrary instructions from the consignee; or

  (c) the consignee on a non-negotiable bill in the absence of contrary instructions from the consignor, if the goods have arrived at the billed destination or if the consignee is in possession of the bill; or

  (d) the consignee on a non-negotiable bill if he is entitled as against the consignor to dispose of them.

  (2) Unless such instructions are noted on a negotiable bill of lading, a person to whom the bill is duly negotiated can hold the bailee according to the original terms.

Chapter 106: Section 7-303. Diversion; Reconsignment; Change Of Instructions

[ Text of section as recodified by 2013, 30, Sec. 45 effective July 1, 2013 applicable as provided by 2013, 30, Sec. 116. For text effective until July 1, 2013, see above.]

  Section 7-303. (a) Unless the bill of lading otherwise provides, a carrier may deliver the goods to a person or destination other than that stated in the bill or may otherwise dispose of the goods, without liability for misdelivery, on instructions from:

  (1) the holder of a negotiable bill;

  (2) the consignor on a nonnegotiable bill, even if the consignee has given contrary instructions;

  (3) the consignee on a nonnegotiable bill in the absence of contrary instructions from the consignor, if the goods have arrived at the billed destination or if the consignee is in possession of the tangible bill or in control of the electronic bill; or

  (4) the consignee on a nonnegotiable bill, if the consignee is entitled as against the consignor to dispose of the goods.

  (b) Unless instructions described in subsection (a) are included in a negotiable bill of lading, a person to which the bill is duly negotiated may hold the bailee according to the original terms.

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