What is a short form/blank back bill of lading..??

True to the nature of its business, the business of shipping and freight is a vast ocean covering many issues and areas which sometimes seems unfathomable..

A Bill of Lading is the most important document in this business and there are always several questions surrounding a bill of lading.. This article deals with one such type of bill of lading – Short form bill of lading.. Continue Reading

Shipping cargo without insurance – reader question

Shipping your cargo without insurance.. Hmmmmm, not a very smart idea.. Several pitfalls await those who attempt this.. Here’s a question from a reader based on their historical experience.. All comments welcome on this situation.. Continue Reading

Story of a CIF contract and a Letter of Indemnity

This is the Story of a CIF contract and a Letter of Indemnity..

Seller is delivering CIF to Chinese port. The contract has an LOI provision if the original bill of lading should be lost..

The buyer’s bank refuses to make payment without original BOL and will not accept LOI..

What happens next..?? Continue Reading

Why is it important to check the Vessel Sailing Date..??

Why is it important to check the Vessel Sailing Date..??

“In the context of International Freight Forwarding, why is it important to check the Vessel Sailing Date?” is a question asked by Clarisse..

This article answers the reason why it is important to check the vessel sailing date.. Continue Reading

Difference between Received for Shipment, Shipped on Board, Clean on Board & Clean Shipped on Board

Bills of lading generally bear the clauses Received for Shipment, Shipped on board and Clean on board..

In this article, you can read about the difference between these three clauses.. Continue Reading

How long is a bank guarantee issued in lieu of a lost original bill of lading valid..?? – Update

Usually when an original bill of lading is lost, shipper needs to submit a bank guarantee to the shipping line to secure release of cargo.. But how long is a bank guarantee issued in lieu of a lost original bill of lading valid.?? Can the bank keep the guarantee indefinitely..??
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Clean on board or Shipped on Board – what should a bill of lading show..??

Clean on Board and Shipped on Board are two different clauses in a Bill of Lading and these two have sometimes led to confusion and disagreements within the trade..

Here we will examine what the bill of lading should show – Clean on Board or Shipped on Board..?? Continue Reading

Different loading and discharging vessel

Ever wondered sometimes when you receive the arrival notification from the shipping line, the name of the vessel is different from the one on the bill of lading..?? Read to find out why.. Continue Reading