Bills of Lading

IMG assists both carriers and cargo owners in preparing and reviewing transport and freight contracts, such as, way bills, bills of lading, and electronic bills of lading, as well as, cargo contracts, such as, general and bulk oil and grain, containerized carriage, and LNG specialist cargoes. We also advise our clients on the nuances of bills of lading law in charter party agreements. IMG rounds out its practice with a full range of litigation and arbitration services for those clients with cargo damage claims.

Litigation Support

We have extensive experience in dispute resolution concerning freight contracts and cargo damages. Many of our assignments involve complex procedural issues that are international in nature. IMG’s dispute resolution practice supports our maritime and transport law practice and vice versa.


International trade law increasingly impacts organizations engaged in the cross-border trade of goods and services. The rules governing international trade are complex, and corporations often have to navigate an intricate network of multilateral, regional, and bilateral trade agreements – as well as, widely differing national laws and regulations. To provide our clients with the international answers that they need, IMG offers multi-jurisdictional expertise through our network of legal providers.

Knowledge and Experience

What We Do

Recognizing that an ounce of prevention in the anti-corruption arena can be worth many millions of dollars in savings on investigative costs and sanctions, IMG employs a practical approach to assist its clients in having the right tools in place before a problem arises. Our team has the knowledge and experience to provide clients with the full range of representation in connection with anti-corruption laws, and IMG’s lawyers regularly advise on multi-jurisdictional and complex anti-corruption matters on both the contentious and non-contentious fronts.

In addition to having a thorough understanding of trade transactions and the nuances of the supply chain, we are specialists in the international sale of goods and the INCOTERMS that largely govern them. This uniquely enables us to draw upon our expertise and knowledge across the spectrum and to support you, whether you’re a large entity, local company or business individual institution, in adapting to, embracing and understanding how to get the most out of this changing world.

IMG’s international trade group is a leading provider of legal services to companies engaged in international trade in the Pacific Northwest. We provide legal services to the global trading community and our clients include trading companies in the fisheries, oil and gas, grain and soft commodity, metals and coal sectors. We have the necessary expertise in dispute resolution in trade matters as well as in all other aspects of international trade, including financing, trading, storage, transportation, insurance and end use. We advise on finance documentation, physical and financial trading terms, freight agreements, regulatory issues and sanctions, and environmental issues therein.

Described as “the life blood of international commerce,” letters of credit, also called LCs, documentary credits, or bankers commercial credits, are the most common method of payment for goods in the international trade. IMG represents both buyers and sellers in commercial disputes involving documentary and stand-by letters of credit, and IMG is extremely familiar with claims of wrongful honor and dishonor disputes and the applicable standards of review by courts or arbitrators.

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