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Bill of Lading (BOL or B/L)

A bill of lading is a shipping document that outlines the voyage of a shipment.

Bill of Lading (BOL or B/L)

What is a bill of lading? 

A bill of lading (BOL or B/L) is issued to a shipper detailing the method and path of a shipment. It is a contract for the movement of the goods, and serves as a receipt for the cargo and can act as proof of ownership of the goods being transported.

Ocean shipments use original or express bills of lading. 

Air shipments use air waybills.

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Introduction to Bills of Lading

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Related Glossary Terms

Air Waybill (AWB) 

Original Bill of Lading

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