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What Is A Bill of Lading

March 6, 2019
Harriet Daniels
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In preparing to ship goods via a wooden crate, few may realize that a bill of lading or BOL is required just as it is on other freight. Shippers may wonder what is a Bill of Lading and how to obtain one. While it may seem overwhelming at first, a bill of pretty simple to complete.

Whenever freight is loaded for shipment, it must have a BOL or Bill of Lading attached. The BOL is a standard document in the shipping industry serving as a receipt for the goods and providing other required information about the freight. It’s a contract the shipper has with the transporter to deliver the goods. If a bill of lading is not attached, the freight will not be transported.

Commercial Shipping Crates, powered by You Crate and R+L Carriers can assist clients in obtaining a Bill of Lading for freight shipments.

Explaining What Is a Bill of Lading

The Bill of Lading is legally required on all items being shipped, it’s not optional. The document issued is the receipt or contract of carriage that the shipper has contracted with the freight company for transportation services. The document is issued by a carrier.

Details on the Bill of Lading include:

  1.    Identity of the shipper
  2.    Point of Origin
  3.    Destination
  4.    Party receiving the goods on delivery
  5.    What the shipment contains
  6.    Who is shipping the freight

what is a bill of ladingThe Bill Lading tells the freight transporter exactly what to do to deliver the shipment and how to handle invoicing. All parties must sign the bill of lading. It is critical to have this information in place on the BOL to prevent problems during transit and everything arrives on time.

While the format or appearance of a Bill of Lading may differ slightly, the basic information requested will be the same. Shippers are able to complete a BOL on their own, or opt to have the freight company assist in completing the document.

Commercial Shipping Crates, in partnership with You Crate, has an easy to use BOL that just takes a few minutes to complete. The shipper will just need to supply a few details about the freight to get started. It is important for shippers to remember that the BOL document is required so there is no getting around it.

Online Bill of Lading

Today’s fast pace of business makes it necessary to have access to documents online to make the process more efficient. Shippers will question, can I create bill of lading online? The answer is yes with Commercial Shipping Crates.

We understand the need for online documents and our partners at You Crate have an easy to complete BOL available online.

The easy to follow instructions are there to aid in gathering the right information. The online form is in a fillable PDF format, which can be submitted and then saved and printed for your records.

If the shipper opts to complete and submit the BOL online, the team at Commercial Shipping Crates will then contact them to verify the information and then schedule service. The crates are then delivered to the customer, ready for packing what is being shipped. A few days later, the team returns to pick up the crates which are packed and ready for transport.

It is at this point that the Bill of Lading must be attached to crates for shipment. Working to get all the documents completed in advance helps streamline the process ahead of pickup.

what is a bill of lading

However, don’t let the BOL become overwhelming to complete. There is assistance to help in this process. As the shipper, the details about the actual freight will come from you, so that’s a large portion of the form.

Information for Bill of Lading

It is the responsibility of the shipper to have a Bill of Lading in place to cover the freight.

In addition to identifying the shipper, the BOL will need to list:

  1.    Contact information for the consignee or party responsible for receiving the payment.
  2.    If the shipment is prepaid or payment will be collected upon delivery.
  3.    Where the invoice will be sent.
  4.    Broker contact if applicable

The remaining information on the Bill of Lading will focus on the actual freight. This will include a list that itemizes the contents of the freight shipment.

Freight information for the BOL includes

  1.    Number of packages
  2.    Type of package uses
  3.    Assigned item number from the National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC)
  4.    Freight Class
  5.    Size of the freight
  6.    Details about the items

If the shipment includes any materials that are considered hazardous by the Department of Transportation, it must be noted on the BOL. The next step will be to list the appropriate Hazmat contact information on the Bill of Lading. In case an accident occurs, the freight company will need how to handle the shipment and to alert the proper authorities to contain anything that spills.

An additional piece of information needed for the Bill of Lading is the declared value of the shipment. There may be special handling instructions needed for a high value shipment and that must be specified on the document.

what is a bill of lading

Commercial Shipping Crates

In preparing to ship freight, a key to success is attaching a Bill of Lading. The professional team at Commercial Shipping Crates, partnered with You Crate and R+L Carriers is ready to assist customers throughout the process.

Commercial Shipping Crates specializes in an easy to use wooden crates for shipping freight. The product is durable and is a cost-effective option. Customers can be confident their shipment is protected every mile of transport. This is how Commercial Shipping Crates, powered by You Crate works to provide a premier custom crating solution.

We offer two sizes of commercial shipping crates:

  •         Cube – measures 46 in (length) x 46 in (width) x 47 in (height) | holds up to 2,000 lbs.
  •         Tower – measures 46 in (length) x 46 in (width) x 80 in (height) | holds up to 1,250 lbs.

The crates are ISPM-15 Certified and only take a flathead screwdriver to open upon delivery at final destination. Customers just have to determine what size crate will fit their freight the best. Let our team know what you need and we can get started on drafting the Bill of Lading. Commercial Crating Service provides quotes that will be inclusive of the crate rental fee and freight charges.

Our professional team is ready to help customers with commercial shipping crates to transport freight. The team has more than 60 years of experience in the industry. Call 877-558-2580 to discuss what you need to crate and ship. Call 877-558-2580 to discuss what you need to crate and ship. Customers can request a quote

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