INTERNATIONAL OCEAN FREIGHT BILL OF LADING

International ocean freight bill of lading in the International shipping ocean freight industry also referred as a B/L or BOL. This shipping document used for shipping freight overseas by sea issued by an International ocean freight carrier acknowledging that specified goods have been received on board as cargo for conveyance to a named place, for delivery to the consignee. Besides other points, the international ocean freight bill of lading serves the following purposes:

  1. It is an evidence of a contract of carriage between ocean freight carrier and shipper;
  2. It is a receipt for goods;
  3. It is a document of title on shipped goods.

There are number of different types of international ocean freight bill of ladings used in the ocean freight shipping industry for export and import goods from and to the USA. Here are two most commonly used types of NON-NEGOTIABLE international ocean freight bill of ladings:

  • Express release ocean freight bill of lading = Telex release = Surrender and;
  • Release endorsed upon a set of originals ocean freight bill of lading

NON-NEGOTIABLE international ocean freight bill of lading: means that the document itself does NOT give title to the goods. The consignee (recipient) named in the ocean freight bill of lading must identify himself to claim the goods. (vs. NEGOTIABLE international ocean freight bill of lading, issued "to the order of" is the title of the goods. I.e. a NEGOTIABLE international ocean freight bill of lading can be bought, sold or traded while goods are in transit.)

International EXPRESS RELEASE ocean freight bill of lading means: that you do not have to provide originals of ocean freight bill of lading in order to claim your goods at the destination. Shipment on express release should be released at the destination upon surrender a copy of the international ocean freight bill of lading. Express release ocean freight bill of lading should state: "ZERO (0) – NO ORIGINALS REQUIRED FOR RELEASE".

"SET OF ORIGINAL REQUIRED" in international ocean freight bill of lading means that goods CANNOT be released to the consignee unless the consignee had surrendered a set of originals ocean freight bill of lading.

You may find more about ocean freight bill of lading used in the ocean freight industry in this link.

WE SEND COPIES OF INTERNATIONAL EXPRESS RELEASE OCEAN FREIGHT BILL OF LADING VIA E-MAIL  

With us, unless you had requested an international ocean freight bill of lading upon set of originals in advance, after your payment of our final freight invoice, within few days after Estimated Time of Departure (ETD) (sometimes it takes a little longer) we e-mail to you a copy of carriers international Express Release ocean freight bill of lading in a file attached. Print the ocean freight bill of lading and keep it in your records in order to claim your ocean freight at the destination.

Notice: Several countries around the world, particularly Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, and certain countries in Africa, DO NOT accept express release ocean freight bill of ladings. Ocean freight carrier should specify it upon issue of ocean freight bill of ladings. Then we will mail you a set of originals ocean freight bill of lading by USPS First Class Mail within USA and Canada for free. Expedited or international mail must be prepaid.

If shipper/receptionist requires a set of originals international ocean freight bill of lading for shipments to countries that DO accept express release ocean freight bill of lading, then $50 fee will be added on top of cost of the mail.

LETTER OF INDEMNITY:

If in your international shipping an original sea freight bill of lading is required, but it needs to be amended or lost, an international ocean freight carrier may request a LETTER OF INDEMNITY. Here is the link with a sample of LETTER OF INDEMNITY in international shipping of ocean freight.

 
 
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