What is the purpose of an original bill of lading?

What is the purpose of an original bill of lading?

At Customs Clearance Intl., we’re always happy to answer your questions. Consider us your import and export exports! We have been in this business for over years and we’re always glad to share our knowledge and expertise with you. One question we often receive from people is,

What is the purpose of an original bill of lading?

Excellent question! Every document that is required serves an important purpose, including the original bill of lading. During the export process via ocean, the steamship line will issue three original bills of lading and multiple non-negotiable copies after the shipment has been officially confirmed on board. In order to the consignee to gain release of the shipment upon reaching the destination, at least one original bill must be signed on the back by the importer or their agent and surrendered back to the steamship line. As long as the shipper retains the original bills, the shipper may receive payment prior to the official release of the originals to the consignee/buyer. Many importers either prepay or have credit terms with their supplies to enable shipments to be released on express bills. Usually, express bills are a paperless system, which reduces costs because couriers aren’t needed, and enables the final delivery of the shipment to be expedited.

We hope this answer is helpful to you.

If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 1-310-322-3228. We’d also be happy to provide an estimate for using our services for import or export processes. We provide the following services for all US points of entry via air, ocean, truck, or rail:

  • Door to door transportation
  • Licensed Customs Broker (ACE)
  • Licensed Ocean Freight Forwarder (OTI #019736F)
  • Warehousing distribution
  • Packing and crating
  • Customs bonds
  • Cargo insurance
  • Duty drawback
  • LTL/FTL Domestic Truck Service (MC#811192)
  • Freight Payments Audits
  • Freight Consolidation Services
  • Remote Location Filing (RLF) at all US ports of entry via air, ocean, rail or truck

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The best folks to work with! David is the all-knowing go to guy for any questions or concerns I have. Greg and Judy provide excellent customer service. I’ve been in this industry for 20 years and CCI is by far the best brokerage company I’ve worked with.

-Amie L
San Francisco, CA

See for yourself how rewarding it can be to work with the import and export experts at Customs Clearance Intl.. You’re going to love how easy and stress-free it can be to import and export goods when you partner with Customs Clearance Intl. for all your brokerage needs. Get started today by calling 1-310-322-3228 or emailing William@cciusa.net. We look forward to working with you!

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