Wharfinger's Receipt Law and Legal Definition
Wharfinger’s receipt is an acknowledgement of the receipt of goods at the wharf. It is issued by the wharfinger. It has a legal value similar to that of a warehouse receipt.
Bills of lading and wharfingers' receipts are commercial instruments, and their transferability, or, as it is sometimes termed, their "quasi negotiability," depends on the custom of merchants and the conveniences of trade. [Mechanics' Bank v. New-York & N. H. R. Co., 13 N.Y. 599].