Bill of Lading (BL)

The Clean on Board Bill of Lading comes from the freight forwarder (logistics company, shipping company, carrier or transporter) and confirms the specification of the shipment the buyer receives:

  • Date of Issue, i.e. the date the freight forwarder received the shipment
  • The Content (in descriptive words what it is)
  • The Quantity, i.e. weight and/or volume)
  • The Consigner (the shipper)
  • The Consignee (the legal recipient of the shipment)
  • The place (port of loading) of handing over the shipment to the freight forwarder
  • The place (port of destination) of handing over the shipment to the (legal) recipient
  • The terms of carriage, i.e. the liability of the forwarder
  • The value of the shipment
  • Eventually the cost of transport
  • Any eventual conditions for handing over the shipment to the consignee, ex. requirements for identification
  • If the Bill of Lading is “negotiable”, it enables the holder of the Bill of Lading. I.e. the legal recipient of the shipment, if not stated differently, to modify the point of destination after the shipment has been handed over to the transporter.
  • By default a Bill of Lading is “non-negotiable”. I.e. the point of destination may not be altered after the goods have been handed over to the freight forwarder.

Note that the consigner and/or the consignee might be different from the actual seller/buyer of the goods – for different reasons.