At Logistics, we want to make sure you understand every step involved in your shipping process. Today we’re going to look at the Bill of Lading.
You’ve probably heard of a Bill of Lading or BOL, but do you know what it is? Let’s break it down – basically, a BOL is a legal document that’s required for the transportation of freight. It lists all the details of the shipment, including origin, destination, and description of the load.
There are a few things that MUST be on the BOL. This information is required for every shipment, whether it’s an LTL or full truckload. In any case, your BOL should contain the:
- Pickup and delivery address
- Shipper’s contact information and shipping hours
- Shipment details, including:
- Piece count
- Total weight
- Freight class
- NMFC code
- Commodity description
- Freight dimensions and volume
*If the freight is a Department of Transportation specified Hazardous Material, please make sure you note that on the BOL. HazMat shipments might have extra charges and will require additional information in order for your truckload to be delivered.
- Accessorial services needed upon pickup or delivery
- Common examples of these services are:
- Residential Pick Up or Delivery
- Lift-gate Pick Up or Delivery
- Appointment for Pick Up or Delivery
- Trade show Pick Up or Delivery
- Limited access locations (Jails, prisons, hotels, schools, military bases)
- Inside Delivery
- Special Instructions and Pick-Up and Delivery References
- These instructions need to be listed on the BOL as well. They will help to avoid missed pick-ups and redelivery charges for full truckload or LTL shipping.
- Special Instructions may include a dock door number, contact info for someone on site, or directions for finding a location if it’s hidden.
- Pick-Up and Delivery references may include a PO number, Order number, Pick Up number, or destination.
- Billing Information – Make sure the correct party is billed for freight charges by indicating whether it is the Shipper (Prepaid), Consignee (Collect) or Third Party paying the bill.
There you have it. Now you know what a BOL is and what information you need to include for your LTL and full truckload shipments.
AT Logisitcs, we want to make shipping easier than ever, whether you’re setting up LTL shipping, HazMat shipments, or sending any other type of commodity. So, if you have any questions or need help creating a BOL, contact us today! Our team of live, friendly experts can walk you through the process so that your paperwork is completed correctly.
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