Who can request shipping line to issue switch bill of lading..??
In one of my past articles we discussed about what is a switch bill of lading..
A reader raised a very important point/question regarding the issuance of the switch bill of lading. on who can request the shipping line to issue a switch bill of lading and what are the criteria..
Question : Considering container liner traffic, who is considered to be the “Principal” authorised to request the switch? Is it the shipper stated on the B/L or th party booking the container(paying the freight). As these partys are not always the same?
The entity that is authorised to request the shipping line to issue a switch bill of lading would be the shipper on the first set of bill of lading.. The shipper of the bill of lading is deemed to be the owner of the cargo and the ownership does not transfer to another party until such time the bill of lading has been negotiated and sent to the consignee..
This request must come on an “Original” letter head of the shipper and sent to the shipping line or their agent.. The shipping line or agent would then follow the process as covered in my original article regarding Switch Bill of Lading..
It must be noted that irrespective of the authenticity or the genuineness of the request, it is upto the shipping line whether they will agree to issue a switch bill of lading considering the stance of the insurance companies regarding the issuance of switch bill of lading..