A bill of lading – sometimes shortened as B/L or BoL – is a freight shipping document. The BoL is issued by a carrier to a shipper detailing the terms of a shipment. The document acknowledges receipt of the shipment by the carrier and serves as a contract of carriage. Lastly, the BoL perfroms as a document of title when goods are delivered to the buyer/consignee.
Yes. The BoL type may vary, depending on ownership of the cargo and mode(s) of transportation. Learn how BillofLading.org's form can be completed as a Straight BoL.
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Date: Date of the shipment.
Ship From: The name and address of the person/company shipping or exporting the goods listed on the Bill of Lading.
SID#: Shipper ID number, if any
Ship To: The name and address of the person/company the listed goods are being sent to.
Location No: Store or location number, if any.
CID#: Receiver/Consignee number, if any.
Third Party Freight Charges - Bill To: The name and address of any party, if not the shipper or receiver, that will pay freight charges.
Bill of Lading No: BOL assigned by the shipper, if any, with space to apply an optional barcode.
Carrier Name: Name of the shipping company.
Trailer No: Identifying number of shipping company trailer or container, if any.
Seal Number(s): Identifying number placed on trailer or container door seals, if any.
SCAC: Standard Alpha Carrier Code - Unique road transport carrier id.
Pro No: Combined with the SCAC, unique shipment tracking number. Space provided for optional barcode.
Freight Charge Terms: Indicates if the shipping cost is prepaid, will be collected upon delivery or paid by a third party.
Master BOL: Check this box if a second, attached form will accompany this master BOL with additional information.
Special Instructions: Any details to help a shipment clear customs and/or ensure a smooth delivery.
Customer Order No: Customer order reference number.
No. of Packages: Total number of packages/boxes in shipment.
Weight: Total weight (Specify unit of weight used) of combined individual items.
Pallet/Slip: Indicate Yes or No.
Additional Shipper Info: List any shipment or delivery instructions here.
Handling Unit QTY: Enter the number of shipping units. If a shipment is secured so that the individual pieces cannot be separated from one another, you have one shipping unit, no matter how many pieces are in the shipment.
Handling Unit TYPE: Enter the type of packaging (typical packaging includes cartons, skids and drums).
Package QTY: If shipping individual pieces, enter the number.
Package TYPE: Enter the unit of measure (e.g., EA = each).
Weight: Total Weight (Specify unit of weight used) of combined individual items.
H.M.: Place an X in this column if a product is a Department of Transportation (DOT) hazardous material. Special rules and requirements apply to hazardous products.
Commodity Description: Write a description of the articles. Include the material the product is made from and its common name. DOT hazardous materials have special requirements.
NMFC No: Include the National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC) item number. Consult the NMFC for proper item description and number. Your shipment charges will be based on the shipment’s classification, LTL only.
Class: Enter the correct class specification, LTL only.
Declared Value & FOB: Total shipment value and "Free On Board" origin location.
Fee Terms: Mark if prepaid or if funds need to be collected (COD). If COD, enter the amount to be collected.
Customer Check Acceptable: If COD, indicate whether a customer’s company check is acceptable.
Shipper Signature - Handling Fees: If signed, the shipper is removed from recourse by the carrier in collecting any shipment charges that are billed to the receiver.
Shipper Signature and Date: Shipper's agent signature, certifying accuracy of the document.
Trailer Loaded: Indicate if the shipment was loaded by the shipper or carrier/driver.
Freight Counted: Indicate if the shipper or driver confirmed shipment quantities.
Carrier Signature and Pickup Date: Carrier's agent signature and date of shipment pickup.