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12 Common Types of Bill of Lading Forms & When To Use Them.

1. Straight Bill of Lading: This is typically used when shipping to a customer. The "Straight
Bill of Lading" is for shipping items that have already been paid for.

. To Order Bill of Lading: Used for shipments when payment is not made in advance. This
can be shipping to one of your distributors or a customer on terms.

3. Clean Bill of Lading: A Clean Bill of Lading is simply a BOL that the shipping carrier has
to sign off on saying that when the packages were loaded they were in good condition. If the
packages are damaged or the cargo is marred in some way (rusted metal, stained paper,
etc.), they will need issue a "Soiled Bill of Landing" or a "Foul Bill of Landing."

4. Inland Bill of Lading: This allows the shipping carrier to ship cargo, by road or rail,
across domestic land, but not over seas.

5. Ocean Bill of Lading: Ocean Bills of Lading allows the shipper to transport the cargo
over seas, nationally or internationally.

6. Through Bill of Lading: Through Bills of Lading are a little more complex than most
BOLs. It allows for the shipping carrier to pass the cargo through several different modes of
transportation and/or several different distribution centers. This Bill of Landing needs to
include an Inland Bill of Landing and/or an Ocean Bill of Landing depending on its final

7. Multimodal/Combined Transport Bill of Lading: This is a type of Through Bill of

Lading that involves a minimum of two different modes of transport, land or ocean. The
modes of transportation can be anything from freight boat to air.

8. Direct Bill of Lading: Use a Direct Bill of Lading when you know the same vessel that
picked up the cargo will deliver it to its final destination.

9. Stale Bill of Lading: Occasionally in cases of short-over-seas cargo transportation, the

cargo arrives to port before the Bill of Landing. When that happens, the Bill of Landing is
then "stale."

10. Shipped On Board Bill of Lading: A Shipped On Board Bill of Lading is issued when
the cargo arrives at the port in good, expected condition from the shipping carrier and is
then loaded onto the cargo ship for transport over seas.

11. Received Bill of Lading: It is simply a Bill of Lading stating that the cargo has arrived
at the port and is cleared to be loaded on the ship, but has not necessary mean it has been
loaded. Used as a temporary BOL when a ship is late and will be replaced by a Shipped On
Board Bill of Lading when the ship arrives and the cargo is loaded.

12. Claused Bill of Lading: If the cargo is damaged or there are missing quantities, a
Claused Bill of Landing is issued.

There are many more types of Bills of Lading, so how do you choose which ones you'll need?
Talk to your shipping carrier to find out which types of Bills of Lading you'll need for your