Create a shipping bill of lading.
Every shipment that is going to be shipped by truck over the road must be accompanied by “lading bill” or “bill of lading”. a bill of lading is a document generated by the shipper that details the contents of this shipment and the merchandise. It gives title to the goods and also requires the carrier to release the goods to a named party at the destination of the shipment. A lading bill also serves as proof of delivery as once the shipment is delivered the lading bills are signed indicating that the product has been delivered and transferred to the party on the receiving end. A bill of lading can also be used as proof of shipment.
Bill of lading as a receipt:
The principal use of the bill of lading as a receipt by carrier is proof that the goods have been delivered for insurance purposes and contractual proof of actually completing the job.
Bill of lading as a title:
A bill of lading can also be used as title to the item being shipped as noted on the bill is a bill of lading is made out “to order ” then the item in question confers ownership by the person in possession of it.
Bill of lading as a negotiable instrument:
Because a bill of lading represents title of goods as detailed upon it they can also be traded in the same way as goods are and even borrowed upon if desired. The bill lading is a very important document and is used in shipping and trade globally.
As you can see from the examples above a bill of lading is a very powerful and serious legal document. You don’t have to be an attorney to write one but you do have to include specifics in order for it to be valid. a bill of lading must have a number of things to include a bill lading number, the origin address, the destination address, any third-party billing charges, trucking companies name and trailer number as well as any seal numbers that may apply. It also must detail exactly the product being shipped down to the last detail. If there aren’t multiple items then it needs to state the exact number of items, the number of pallets used, and it total weight of the product. It must also state the payment terms agreed upon between the trucking company and the actual shipper of the product. It needs to include the date of pickup with the signature of the shipper and the signature of the transportation company.
Claims and clean bills.
When the product is delivered by the transportation company and the delivery date is as agreed upon and the product is delivered in satisfactory condition then the receiver will simply sign and date the bills of lading. These are sometimes referred to as “clean bills” as there’s no indication of problems or complications with the. On the other hand if the product is damaged or even late being delivered past the agreed upon date and the receiver makes a notation on the bills of lading then there is potential problems for a claim. If a person receiving a shipment and intend on filing a claim they must date the nature of the intended claim on the bills of lading before signing them.
Use this free bill of lading for your shipment.
A bill lading is a pretty straight forward document but any shipment being performed must be accompanied by one. If you do not have bills of lading and need a standard one you can find one here at freebilloflading.com which offers a basic one for free. You will need Adobe Reader but can simply type your shipment information into your browser window and then print the document in order to use it for your shipment.