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. 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. 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. 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. Understanding the carriage of goods by sea act 46 usc 1300 et seq gerard w white esq hill rivkins hayden llp 45 broadway suite 1500 new york ny 10006 of the carriage of goods by sea act of the united states approved april 16 1936 which shall be deemed to be
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