The bill of lading is a legal document that details the type of product being shipped, the destination of the product, and the quantity. This bill of lading must come with the shipment. The document has to be signed by an authorized shipper, receiver and carrier. When the shipment finally reaches its intended destination, it acts as a receipt for the recipient. This document requires quite a few details, so make sure you have all of the necessary details before you ship out your freight.
The bill of lading will include the date in which the shipment was picked up by the carrier. The bill of lading number is a unique number designed to identify the exact shipment. Besides the tracking number, there is also a purchase order number and the shipper numbers. The bill of lading will usually list the exact type of shipment service that you have requested.
The shipper's section will need you to provide the shipper's name, account number, phone number, and address. Then, there is a consignee section that includes the consignee name, phone number, and address.
The physical properties of the shipment must be listed on the bill of ladings. This includes how much the freight weighs in pounds, the number of pieces in the freight, and the cubic dimensions of the freight. You will also need to include a description of the type of product contained within the freight.
The bill of lading will usually include any special instructions, such as if the shipment needs to be handled in a specific way. There is a section devoted to hazardous waste where the specific name of the hazardous waste can be listed on the bill of lading. This will also require a shipper certification that the shipper must sign and date. A hazardous chemical emergency number is also essential.
Financial information is also included on the bill of lading. This includes the freight charges, declared value and excess liability coverage. The declared value is the appraised value of the cargo and the excess liability coverage is the requested amount of insurance coverage for the freight.
Before you send out the shipment, make sure that the bill of lading is correct. It should be the same as the information that was on the order of service. If there are any discrepancies, there might be something that went wrong with the processing of the order. For more information on freight shipping, talk to a professional like World Cargo International Services.