This is a document that is issued by the carrier to the shipper of goods. Essentially, this is a written contract formalizing a carriage agreement. It serves as a receipt, a contract, and a document of ownership at the same time.

Purpose of bill of lading:
There are three primary functions of a Bill of Lading:
  • It is a contract by which the carrier and the shipper agree upon the conditions of carriage.
  • The contract serves as proof of shipment.
  • As such, it serves as a record of ownership.

Law binds the sending and receiving parties, protecting them against false claims and losses. A lawful statement can be derived from an agreement whose terms all involved parties have agreed to.

Information given on a bill of lading
  • Number of bill of lading
  • Complete name and address of the shipper and the receiver
  • Details of shipping route
  • Freight forwarder details, if any
  • Pick up date
  • Vessel used for transport
  • Information of goods transported
  • Nature of goods
  • Packing material used
  • Specific instructions of the carrier, if any.

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