Bill of Lading Sample, the purpose of this article is not to load my ardent readers with a handful of fluffs on the definition of Bill of Lading, but to let exporters know the policy content of bill of lading in Nigeria, and what bill of lading is acceptable by the Nigerian Customs Services (NCS) so they can edit what transporters give to them. This is important for effective import cargo clearance in Nigeria. This article will present bill of lading sample.
BILL OF LADING SAMPLE: WHAT IS A BILL OF LADING
As a legal document, the Bill of Lading (BL) serves to ensure that the shipper receives payment for the goods exported, and the consignee or importer receives goods ordered.
As a receipt, the bill of lading serves to certify to the shipper by the carrier (transporter) of goods or consignment that such goods are received and confirmed and as document of title (proof of ownership of goods). In other words, it means that the transporter has received and confirmed the goods, and has agreed to deliver the said goods to destination of interest. Hence the bill of lading is usually issued by the carrier to the shipper and made available to the importer for clearance purposes. The importer in turn must make the bill of lading available to the transporter company at destination locality before cargo carriage.
In Nigeria, the bill of lading is a transport document that must be presented to the Nigerian Customs for Customs clearance, without which clearance would be impossible.
The cargo clearance vendor or agent needs 2 copies of Bill of Lading for cargo clearing; one for the Nigerian Customs (copy may be used with the Customs), and the other to take delivery with transport company at the destination. A Nigerian Customs acceptable bill of lading is usually signed by the carrier (Transport Company), the shipper (may not sign), and the receiver or importer.
BILL OF LADING SAMPLE AND CONTENT OF FOR CARGO CLEARANCE IN NIGERIA
The following are the contents of a typical House Bill of Lading sample.
- Bill of lading number: state e.g. TLLLGS7613147
- Place and Date of issuance: SHEN ZHEN/ 24 Jan 2018 for instance
- Booking number: state if available
- Export reference: state as applicable otherwise ignore
- Consignor’s name and address: Foshan ELT Lighting Electronics Co., Ltd. 410-411, B Block Bldg. 5 Tian Cyber park, China for example
- Importer or consignee’s name and address: Vagmon Integrated Services NPA Port Harcourt Nigeria for example
- Carrier or transporter’s detail: CMA CGM S.A 1 Qual Colbet ……for example.
- Pre carried by: state if applicable
- Ocean vessel name/voyage number: state
- Place of receipt: SHEN ZHEN/CHINA for example
- Port of loading: HONG KONG for example
- Place of delivery: Nigeria for instance
- Delivery port: ONNE Sea port for example
- Container number and seal: container number is usually an 11 digit number.
- Container size: is it 20’ container or 40’ container? State which applies
- Total number of containers: How many of such containers, if 1, then container size should state 1×20’ container or 1×40’ container. Otherwise, if more than one container, state as 2, 3, etc.
- Description of packages and goods: is best to copy and paste the general description stated in the form m and repeated in the commercial invoice, to avoid occupying much space and ensure no discrepancy in different documents, which would delay cargo clearance with the Nigerian Customs.
- Quantity: state 10 PKGS for example
- Gross weight: in KGS. You must ensure that this tallies with the commercial invoice(s)
- Measurement: in CBM or M SQR or any other
- Signature of carrier
- Dates of departure and arrival: state date of departure and expected arrival date (ETA)
- Form M detail: MF/BA numbers
- Tare: state or leave
- Signature of consignee: once received from the exporter, the consignee must counter sign before submitting to customs by the clearing vendor.
- Ocean freight charge: state or say ‘as agreed’ depending on the arrangement
- Exchange rate: not compulsory.
BILL OF LADING SAMPLE
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Importers, exporters, freight forwarders as well as shipping companies have to understand what bill of lading is acceptable by the Nigerian Customs Services as well as other agencies in the import value chain, to enhance import cargo clearance in Nigeria without delay. This article has presented bill of lading sample.