What is a telex release..??

A telex release is simply a message that is sent by the shipping line or agent at load port to their office or agent at discharge port advising that the shipper or exporter has surrendered one or all of the original bills of lading that have been issued to them, and that the cargo can be released to the consignee shown on the bill of lading without presentation of any original bills of lading.. This usually is requested only if the consignee is a direct consignee (not a bank or To Order)..

Why would the shipper or exporter request a telex release :

  1. the consignee at destination is a counterpart office of the shipper – example – if say DHL Global Forwarding is the shipper shown on the bill of lading and they are shipping some cargo to their office overseas, as there is no negotiation involved, they dont require an original bill of lading at destination
  2. the shipper did not process his documentation in time and the ship that is carrying his cargo has already reached or reaching the destination and the original bills will not reach the consignee in time for them to clear before the expiry of free days
  3. some cases, an NVOCC operator might request for a telex release from the line so that they can issue their house bill of lading to their customer

Many of the shippers/exporters that follow the principle of No.1 above use “Express Release” instead of a Telex Release also..

PS : It is called a Telex Release because in the past, such release instruction to the discharge port was sent by Telex.. Nowadays, it is sent by e-mail, but the name telex release stuck..

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  2. Hi, I need some information. I am being told that Telex release could not be done on Master bill of lading it is on applicable on House bill of lading. Kindly clarify is it right info. Need ur kind response

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  5. What is the recourse if the shipping company does not send a telex release, when you have paid them in full for shipping. who is responsible for storage fees at destination if the freight company delays with telex release

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  7. Dear Sir,
    Customer asking for BL as Telex release…..eventhough the originals has been courriered to them…..they are asking for a telex release because they have to pay storage charges at port from tomorrow……is it possible to send the telex release aswe have already collected the original BL from the shipping company?

    kindly advise

    • Hi Muhammad, once OBL has been taken and couriered then its not possible to issue a Telex Release.. In order to secure a Telex Release you have to surrender all original bills of lading that have been issued..

    • Its possible… But usually Line will collect the original BL which they issued earlier before releasing the Telex release.

      If the customer genuine and trustworthy no problem.. else collect original before u issuing telex to be in safe side.

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    • telex release usually done upon payment, once the payment done to line at load port.. they will send telex msg to their dest agent.. Yon can also ask copy of surrender msg fyr.

  9. Can you explain the meaning of “letter of credit,bill of collection, and how do they process it in shipping documentation

  10. guys i have some question to be clear.
    1.why bank are involved in this.
    2.what is freight collect on master bill of leading.
    3.what is freight prepaid on house bill of leading.
    Please clear it out i am confuse in this..

  11. Thanks for above information
    I have few queries regarding this

    1. For this telex service is shipping line charging some extra charges to Shipper or Consignee
    2. (not a bank or To Order)..may i know why this provision is there

    • Hi Jaspreet, you are welcome.. To answer your questions above..

      1) Yes the lines charge to arrange a telex release.. They charge this as this is an extra administrative function for them as someone has to actually do this job..

      2) This provision like “To Order” is there because each contract has its own peculiarities and requirements and it is very important to show who must receive the cargo on the bill of lading.. You can also refer to my previous article on this to learn more about why this provision is there.. http://shippingandfreightresource.com/2008/11/17/duly-discharged-bills-of-lading-the-great-debate/

  12. Dear Hariesh,
    Bills made out ‘to order’ can be telex released or the new term ‘e-mail release, provided the S/ has endorsed the full set of original Bills of Lading.

    • Can a shipper stop the telex release after ordering the telex release for any reason ? and if yes what are the consequences.

    • Hi Albert,
      Advantage:- If ur shipment moves to short transit destination and you dont agree any free days from line at destination… In this case ur consignee has to take DO on or b4 the date of arrival of container box and return the box at earliest to avoid heavy demurrage and detention charges at destination. For this telex release highly useful
      Believe there is no disadvantages in express release

    • Hi Varun, I wouldn’t say that there are no disadvantages with an Express Release.. Each bill of lading should be issued basis the requirement of the shipper, consignee and depending on the trade and the sale agreement, so we cannot say one bill is more advantageous than the other.. We could say that one type of bill of lading will be more suitable than the other for a particular shipment..

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