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Corrected B/L: B/L requiring any update which results in money — or other financially-related changes.
Domestic B/L: Non-negotiable B/L primarily containing routing details; usually used by truckers and freight forwarders.
Duplicate B/L: Another original Bill of Lading set if first set is lost. Also known as reissued B/L.
Express B/L: Non-negotiable B/L where there are no hard copies of originals printed.
Freight B/L: A contract of carriage between a shipper and forwarder (who is usually a NOVCC); a non-negotiable document.
Government B/L (GBL): A document issued by the US government.
Hitchment B/L: B/L covering parts of a shipment which are loaded at more than one location. Hitchment B/L usually consists of two parts, hitchment and hitchment memo. The hitchment portion usually covers the majority of a divided shipment and carries the entire revenue.
House B/L: B/L issued by a freight forwarder or consolidation covering a single shipment containing the names, addresses and specific description of the goods shipped.
Intermodal B/L: B/L covering cargo moving via multimodal means. Also known as Combined transport B/L, or Multimodla B/L.
Long Form B/L: B/L form Terms & Conditions written on the back.
Memo B/L: Unfreighted B/L with no charges listed.
Military B/L: B/L issued by the US Military; also known as GBL, or Form DD 1252.
B/L Numbers: US Customs’ standardized B/L format to facilitate electronic communications.
Negotiable B/L: Consignment/banking term. B/L names are legal and endorsement the shipper can transfer the title of the goods to the bank representing the buyer or directly to the buyer of the goods.
Non-negotiable B/L: See Straight Consignment. Sometimes means a file copy of a B/L.
“Onboard” B/L: B/L validated at the time of loading to transport. Onboard Air, Boxcar, Container, Rail, Truck and Vessel are the most common types.
Optional Discharge B/L: B/L covering cargo with more than one discharge point option possibility.
“Original B/L”: The part of the B/L set that has value, especially when negotiable; rest of set are only informational copies. Abbreviated as OBL.
Received for Shipment B/L: Validated at time cargo is received by ocean carrier to commence movement but before being validated as “Onboard”.
Reconciled B/L: B/L set which has completed a prescribed number of edits between the shippers’ instructions and the actual shipment received. This produces a very accurate B/L.
Short Term B/L: Opposite of Long Form B/L, a B/L without the Terms & Conditions written on the back. Also known as a Short Form B/L.
Split B/L: One of the two or more B/Ls which have been split from a single B/L.
Stale B/L: A late B/L; in banking, a B/L which has passed the time deadline of the L/C and is void.
Straight (Consignment) B/L: Consignment issue. See non-negotiable B/L.
“To order” B/L: Consignment issue. See negotiable B/L.
Truck Bill of Lading: Defining document pieces, weight, who the shipper is, origin. See Bill of Lading
Unique B/L Identifier: US Customs’ standardization: four alpha code unique to each carrier placed in front of nine-digit B/L number; APL’s unique B/L identifier is “APLU”. Sea-land uses “SEAU”. These prefixes are also used as the container identification.
Voided B/L: Related to Consolidated B/L; those B/Ls absorbed in the combining process. Different from Canceled B/L.