Bills of Lading: Documentation closing and cargo description

21 Nov 2022

Shipping companies and co-loaders are enforcing ever-increasing stricter rules for the submission of BL instructions. For FCL shipments, the BL instruction must be received before departure of the vessel (ETS), but for LCL shipments, the deadline is as early as the day of (CFS) closing.
Late submission of the BL instructions can result in fines, and you also run the risk that your shipment will not be loaded.

As the Shipper, you are responsible for correctly specifying the BL instructions, including, among others, the proper goods description, weights and quantities. This applies to both non-hazardous cargo as well as hazardous cargo. Both carriers and customs may detect incorrect declarations.
Carriers are increasingly imposing high fines for improper cargo descriptions.