Any bill of lading that is issued, is issued with a date usually near the place where the bill of lading is signed (if it is an original bill of lading).. This date reads as the “Date of Issue” of the bill of lading..
I have noticed that there is sometimes a confusion whether this date is or should be the same as the Shipped on Board..?? If this date is shown, does there need to be a Shipped on Board date shown..??
UCP600 Article 20 – Section A – sub-section ii clarifies this point as below, which is self-explanatory..
- an on board notation indicating the date on which the goods have been shipped on board.
The date of issuance of the bill of lading will be deemed to be the date of shipment unless the bill of lading contains an on board notation indicating the date of shipment, in which case the date stated in the on board notation will be deemed to be the date of shipment.
So if a bill of lading is issued without a shipped on board date, the date of issuance of the bill of lading will be considered as the shipped on board date.. If there is a separate notation of Shipped on Board date in the body of the bill of lading, it should always be on or before the Bill of Lading date.. See picture..
You can also read why a shipping line won’t back date a bill of lading..
Have any of you had experiences with banks or other authorities rejecting your documentation due to issues with either of these dates..??