A bill of lading may vary depending on the type of contract between the buying and selling parties and depending on the business terms of the buyer and exporter. A few details that remains constant in Bill of Lading is2:
• Name and details of the shipping line/shipping partner
• Shipping bill number and date
• Hazardous products, if any, and necessary certification for it
• Name and address of the shipper (consigner), receiver (consignee) along with other contact details and date of dispatch
• Purchase order number to cross-check terms and conditions agreed upon by the buyer and seller
• Any specific instructions or reminders for the carrier about the shipment
• Complete details about consignment like the number of units, weight, dimensions of the products, etc.
• Information about packaging used in the shipment like cartons, crates, pallets, drums, etc
• Freight classification
• Signature of the concerned officer
Before signing the Bill of Lading, one must ensure that the details mentioned in the documents are not ambiguous. The terms and conditions must be carefully checked before confirming the document.