• What Is a Bill of Lading?

    A bill of lading is a shipping document used as a contract to show the final destination of where your goods are being shipped to. When booking a vehicle shipment you will be required to produce the following vehicle details:

    • Registration number for the vehicle
    • Vin/chassis number
    • Year of manufacture
    • Colour
    • Dimensions of the vehicle to include the approximate weight and cube
    • The condition of the vehicle including any scratches and/or dents

    When providing this information you have to be sure that everything is 100% correct. Approximately one week after the vessel sails with your vehicle you will receive a draft copy of the bill of lading from your agent, you must make sure to read over every details and make sure that it is completely correct before you approve it, even if you are sure that you enter the information correctly the first time, there can be typos and it is your responsibility to approve the draft bill of lading.

    The bill of lading is used to clear the vehicle when it arrives so either yourself or your agent will need this. There are two different ways you can clear your vehicle using the bill of lading, you can arrange for a Telex Release which is generally the easier option or have the Original Bill of Lading couriered out to you.

    A Telex release is an internal message sent direct from the shipping line to the ships agent, you or your agent can then request this from you, as long as all of the information on the telex release matches the details for your vehicle then you will be able to use this to clear your vehicle. If you require any amendments to be made for any errors that were overlooked then you will have to pay for a manifest corrector, with a telex release the changes don’t usually take very long once payment has been received.

    An original bill of lading is a hard copy of the bill of lading; some countries will only accept an original bill of lading and not a telex release. Having an original bill of lading means you will have to pay for courier fees for the document to be sent out too you in the country that your vehicle is arriving in. If there are any mistakes on the original bill then you will have to pay for a manifest corrector and send the original documents back to the shipping line before they will make any changes, this can cause quite a delay meaning that you may possibly incur storage fees whilst you are waiting for the document to be sent back to you to clear the vehicle.

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