Shipment management

What is a Switch Bill of Lading?

A Switch Bill of Lading is a second set of Bill of Lading issued by the carrier or its carrier agent. It's issued to replace the Original Bill of Lading issued at the time of shipment. Often, it is used to substitute the Shipper and Consignee details from the Original Bill of Lading. As the seller or the trading company (the "middle-man") does not want their buyer to know the actual country of origin and factory from where the cargo is directly shipped.

Other reasons for requesting a Switch Bill of Lading (BoL) can be:

  • Changes have been made since the original trading conditions were agreed upon.

  • If the cargo has been resold to another buyer and the cargo's destination needs to be changed to another port and receiver of the goods.

  • The trading agent uses the Switch Bill of Lading option to initially receive the payment from the cargo buyer before paying the shipper or the original manufacturer of the goods.

  • Customs authorities or the buyer at the final destination request the cargo description be modified, e.g., "Chairs" instead of "Furniture".

A Switch BoL can only be requested by the cargo owner, meaning the Original Bill of Lading owner created. This means the Bill of Lading represents ownership. Only the company holding the full set of documents can request a switch Bill of Lading.

Bill of Lading

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How can I apply for the Bill of Lading to be Telex released?
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Who will be receiving the Bill of Lading once created?
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How long does it take from submitting shipping instructions till I have my Bill of Lading?
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