Bill of ladings can be complex documents, and when filled out improperly can create a huge issue at various ports of call and for your consignee. Fortunately, there are a few key things to think about that can help prevent problems. Here are some ways to get it right from the start so you can ensure your cargo ships smoothly.
Consider your consignee carefully. If you are shipping because of repeat business or shipping to yourself, then this isn’t as big of an issue. But if your consignee is not well known to you that could present a problem with shipping. If they do not show up to receive the cargo and are virtually untraceable, your cargo could be abandoned.
Getting written confirmation from your consignee about the shipping conditions is a great way to provide yourself some insurance about the cargo. If your consignee balks at the idea or starts to delay, consider this a big, red flag.
Make sure all the proper documents are in order. Without proper documents, your consignee won’t be able to take possession of the cargo anyway! This can also include the way the cargo is shipped. Clear up right at the time of booking whether the cargo is going as Freight Prepaid or Freight Collect so there is no shipping disputes later that prevent possession of cargo.
Letters of credit are also important documents to get right as well. Without the proper letters of credit, sometimes cargo can’t be claimed, creating serious delays and possible additional fines or fees. Banks can be very picky about what kind of letter of credit they are willing to accept, and documentation is critical.
If you don’t take the proper precautions, then you run the risk of creating a situation where there is abandoned cargo. This is more than just a headache and a stessor – it can mean a total loss. Getting it right in terms of paperwork can make all the difference in a successful experience. Don’t have a clue about paperwork? Use K International to help you navigate the logistics!