• What is a bill of lading?

    Bill of lading definition: a required document to move a freight shipment. The bill of lading (BOL) works as a receipt of freight services, a contract between a freight carrier and shipper and a document of title. The bill of lading is a legally binding document providing the driver and the carrier all the details needed to process the freight shipment and invoice it correctly.

    When a customer books a shipment with Freightquote, the bill of lading is automatically generated based on the shipment details entered during the quoting and booking process. The bill of lading should be provided to the carrier on pick up and will be delivered to the consignee on delivery.

    Sample bill of lading:

    Sample bill of lading

    What is in a bill of lading?

    • Shipper's and receiver's / consignee’s names and complete addresses.
    • PO or special account numbers used between businesses for order tracking.
    • Special instructions for the carrier to ensure prompt delivery.
    • The date of the shipment.
    • The number of shipping units.
    • Type of packaging, including cartons, pallets, skids and drums.
    • A note if commodity is a Department of Transportation hazardous material. Special rules and requirements apply when you are shipping hazardous materials.
    • A description of the items being shipped, include the material of manufacture and common name.
    • The NMFC freight classification for the items being shipped.
    • The exact weight of the shipment. If multiple commodities are being shipped, then the weight of each commodity is listed separately.
    • The declared value of the goods being shipped.