Shipment management

What is Bill of Lading or Sea Waybill?

There are two main Bill of Lading (BOL) types that are being used universally in shipping:

  • The Bill of Lading is the primary document used in sea transport. The buyer (also referred to as the "consignee") must present the Bill of Lading to receive the cargo. The Bill of Lading is a physical document, except when a shipment uses Telex Release, where the Bill of Lading is sent digitally. A Bill of Lading functions as a contract of carriage, a transport goods receipt, and a document entitling its holder to the ownership of the cargo.

  • The Sea Waybill is the second most used document used in sea transport. With the Sea Waybill, the supplier (also referred to as the "shipper") releases ownership of the cargo to the buyer (also referred to as the "consignee") immediately. The buyer can pick up the cargo without presenting a document proving ownership. A Sea Waybill is proof of a contract of carriage and a transport goods receipt, but it does not entitle its holder to the ownership of the cargo.

Bill of Lading

How do I return the Original Bill of Lading (OBL)?
When asked to return the Original Bill of Lading (OBL) for a shipment, you can r...
What is Bill of Lading or Sea Waybill?
The Bill of Lading is the primary document used in sea transport. It functions a...
What happens if I lose my Bill of Lading?
Without the Original Bill of Lading, the release of your cargo will be put on ho...
How can I have my Bill of Lading issued?
If you need to issue a Bill of Lading, please contact us via email or via our on...
Can I print out the Bill of Ladings at my own office?
In certain countries is it possible to apply for a "Print at office" web agreeme...
How do I amend the Bill of Lading?
If you want to change any details on the Bill of Lading, you can submit your cha...
How can I accept the draft version of the Bill of Lading and get the Original Bill of Lading?
Once you have verified the details of the Bill of Lading you can approve the cop...
Does Twill offer a Switch Bill of Lading?
Currently, we do not offer any Switch Bill of Lading options for shipments booke...
What is a Switch Bill of Lading?
A Switch Bill of Lading is a second set of Bill of Lading issued by the carrier ...
How can I apply for the Bill of Lading to be Telex released?
If you do not wish to have the Original Bill of Lading printed and sent to your ...
Who will be receiving the Bill of Lading once created?
The copy of the Bill of Lading will be sent to the supplier to verify the detail...
How long does it take from submitting shipping instructions till I have my Bill of Lading?
The copy of the Bill of Lading will be available online within two business days...
When is a Bill of Lading required?
The Bill of Lading is a required document to move a freight shipment. The Bill o...
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