B/L requiring any update which results in money — or other financially-related changes.
Non-negotiable B/L primarily containing routing details; usually used by truckers and freight forwarders.
Another original Bill of Lading set if first set is lost. Also known as reissued B/L.
Non-negotiable B/L where there are no hard copies of originals printed.
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.
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.
B/L issued by a freight forwarder or consolidation covering a single shipment containing the names, addresses and specific description of the goods shipped.
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.
Unfreighted B/L with no charges listed.
B/L issued by the US Military; also known as GBL, or Form DD 1252.
US Customs’ standardized B/L format to facilitate electronic communications.
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.
See Straight Consignment. Sometimes means a file copy of a 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.
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”.
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.
One of the two or more B/Ls which have been split from a single 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.
Related to Consolidated B/L; those B/Ls absorbed in the combining process. Different from Canceled B/L.