30+ Bill of Lading Templates (PDF, Excel, Word)

The bill of lading is an official document that is a type of contract between the barrier and the shipper, it is given by the barrier to the shipper that consists of the information about the goods quantity, what kinds of goods are being transferred to, shipping method and also contains the source and destination details of shipment. It is also referred as “waybill”. For that purpose, you need a “best waybill template” which contains all information about your shipment of goods.

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What is a bill of lading (BOL,B/L)?

A large boat used for transferring goods or people by sea is called “ship”. The act of loading a ship with freight is called “lading”. The bill of lading is an official document that is used for shipping transportation that contains information about the shipping goods. It contains all the necessary information about shipment in which the quantity of the goods, which kind of goods are being transferred to, about the shipping method, details about the source and destination of the goods are included.

A proforma bill of lading is a document which is used as a proof that both recipient and shipper agree on the terms and conditions mentioned in the bill of lading. Similarly there are few more types of templates such as vehicle bill of lading template and house bill of lading template.

Bill of Lading Number

Bill of lading number is a unique number assigned by the shipping line and is the main number used for the tracking the status of the shipments.

Here is a collection of best lading bill templates in PDF, Word and Excel format, you can also select and download waybill template according to your needs.

What should include in Bill of Lading?

When you create a bill of lading, there are some necessary things that should be included in it. Below is a list of information that should appear on bill of lading are:

  • Shipper details in which company name, company code, Address, phone number and other related information are included.
  • Date of shipment
  • Which kind of packaging method are used cartoon drums etc.
  • Source and the destination details should be included in the bill of lading.
  • The name and contact information of the person who notified when cargo has arrived.
  • The number of commodities and type of these.
  • The weight and volume of the goods which are going to be transferred.
  • Name the port of load and port of discharge.
  • Other related information on bill of payment such as payment terms, conditions and reference number etc.

Different types of Bill of Lading

Below is a list of different types of bill of lading.

  1. Straight bill of lading
  2. To order bill of lading
  3. Clean bill of lading
  4. Soiled bill of lading/foul bl/ claused bill of lading/ unclean bill of lading
  5. Inland bill of lading
  6. Through bill of lading
  7. Multimodal/Combined transport bill of lading
  8. Direct bill of lading
  9. Stale bill of lading
  10. Ocean bill of lading

Straight bill of lading:

This type of bill of lading is used when you have already paid for items. By using this type of bill of lading, the company or party cannot be sold this shipment to another company or party. This bill of lading is a non-negotiable bill of lading which is used for a particular party and the party who shipping the items cannot re-assign this shipping to other parties.

To order bill of lading:

In this type of bill of lading the payment is not paid in advance. To order bill of lading is a negotiable document. It is safe and the shipping can be transferred to the customer on his terms.

Clean bill of lading

Clean bill of lading is used when shipper sing off with consignment loaded in proper condition and no package has been damaged.

Soiled bill of lading/Foul bill of lading/Claused bill of lading/unclean bill of lading 

Soiled bill of lading is issued when the items are damaged in some way.

Inland bill of lading

Inland bill of lading is issued when the cargo is transferred across domestic land.

Through bill of lading

Through bill of lading is issued when cargo pass through various distribution center. It allows the shipper carrier to pass through two distribution centers in which inland bill of lading and an ocean bill of lading are included it depend on its final destination.

Multimodal/combined bill of lading

Multi-modal/combined bill of lading is used when cargo pass through various distribution center.

The difference between through bill of lading and multi-modal/combined bill of lading is that through bl is used when two modes of transportation is required whereas multi-modal bill of lading is issued when at least two modes of transportation is required.

Direct bill of lading

Direct bill of lading is issued when shipper carriage the cargo from one port to another port. When you know the shipper that pickup the items and deliver it.

Stale bill of lading

When the goods reached before the bill of lading this type of bill of lading is called “stale”.

Ocean bill of lading

This type of bill of lading is issued when the shipper transfer goods nationally or internationally.