Freight Transport Documentation

When goods are being transported, whether the destination is domestic or international, the shipment must be accompanied by the proper documentation. The documentation demands vary, they are more complicated when the shipment is to an international destination that they are if the shipment stays within the country of origin. The three primary documents when shipping via freight transport in Leicester are; the bill of lading, the freight bill and the terms of sale.

Bill of lading:

The B of L, bill of lading, is defined as a contract for the carriage of goods in transit and a title document to such goods. The bill of lading is the most important document used when transporting goods to any destination. The bill of lading is complete; it provides full information about the shipment, the shipments origin, the transport terms and the destination. Without a bill of lading freight transport in Leicester will not take place, the shipment cannot be made without the B of L.

As well as having the name and address of the shipper and the consignee, the bill of lading with oftentimes give specific routing instructions for the carrier to follow. The document describes the goods that are contained in the shipment, the quantity of the commodity in the shipment, the commodity class and the freight rate.

There are a host of terms included in the bill of lading. The terms are the contract between the consigner and the carrier for the carrier to transport the goods documented from the shipper to the point of unloading, the consignee’s place of business usually. The terms generally included in the bill of lading are:

1. Liability: The carrier is liable for loss or damage to the goods given to him for transport. Unless the goods are improperly packed or the goods naturally loose through evaporation, etc. the carrier is liable, except for acts of God.

2. Delay: The carrier is not liable if the loss or the damage is the result of a delay in transport.

3. Freight denied: If the goods are not accepted, the carrier can store the goods and back charge the shipper.

4. High value: The freight transport in Leicester does not have to carry goods of extraordinary value if they are not published on the class guides.

5. Explosives: The carrier must be made fully aware that the shipment is dangerous; otherwise the shipper is not liable for loss.

6. Recourse: Once the goods have been delivered, the carrier cannot make an additional charge to the shipper.

Freight bill:

He freight bill is that which the carrier will charge the shipper to make the carriage and delivery. The bill includes the shipment details, items shipped, consignee, origin and destination, weight and charges.

If the value of the goods being shipped is less than the freight cost, the company doing the freight transport in Leicester can ask for pre-payment.

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