DOMESTIC INLAND BILL OF LADING IN RESPECT OF INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING OF SEAFREIGHT
International shippers should not confuse a domestic inland bill of lading with a seafreight bill of lading in international shipping of sea freight overseas.
In respect of international shipping of seafreight, domestic inland bill of lading is not a final document on your international seafreight shipment.
In respect of international shipping from the USA overseas, domestic inland bill of ladings act as carriage contracts for cargo transfer to an international ocean freight carrier's shipping terminal in country of origin: CFS – Container Freight Station in LCL seafreight service; CY – Container Yard in FCL seafreight service; Seafreight Carrier's pier in RO-RO or break bulk seafreight service etc.
Even though, in international shipping, domestic inland bill of ladings beside of other purposes specify details of goods being transported/shipping internationally, such as type of commodity, its quantity, weight and volume; after cargo is delivered to seafreight carrier’s shipping terminal, the information will be always verified by international seafreight carriers prior to the international shipping by sea and re-confirmed in an international seafreight carrier's dock receipt.
A Seafreight Bill of Lading in international shipping is the final document on an international shipment. It is the title on your internationally shipping goods. Find more about Seafreight Bill of Lading in international shipping of sea freight in this link.
Note: A discrepancy in cargo details in a domestic inland bill of ladings and in seafreight bill of ladings for the international shipping may occur. In respect of international shipping and cargo recovery at the destination, international shippers should rely on and work based on the information stated in seafreight bill of ladings, but domestic inland bill of ladings. Destinations courtiers attorneys may not consider foreign inland bill of ladings a legal proof of your international shipment (or a part of the international shipment), but will work with a seafreight bill of lading only, which is the standard and primary document in the international freight shipping industry.
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