Amendment of weight in Bill of Lading


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Amendment of weight in Bill of Lading

  How to amend weight in Bill of Lading?

 

What are the procedures to amend weight in Bill of Lading? Why has weight in BL to be amended?

 

Bill of lading is issued by shipping carrier of goods on receipt of cargo from shipper after completion of necessary export customs formalities. Once after issuing Bill of Lading, the said document is sent to overseas buyer through the shipper’s bank. Normally, after releasing Bill of lading, the supplier sends a copy to consignee electronically, either by mail or fax.

 

The supplier may come to know the discrepancy of weight in bill of lading once after releasing BL from the carrier. If such discrepancy of weight in Bill of lading is found before submitting documents with supplier’s bank, the amendment can be effected by submitting all originals with the freight forwarder at load port who issued BL.

 

The freight forwarder who carries goods can amend weight in bill of lading, only on the basis of export shipping documents authorized by customs authorities. So, if any details of addition, deletion, or correction are required, such changes are subjected to the declaration by exporter mentioned in shipping documents. The carrier of  weight and measuregoods release Bill of Lading on the basis of export legal shipping bill filed under export customs clearance formalities. . In such cases, exporter or his customs broker need to amend weight in the said shipping documents with customs firstly and after completion of such amendment of weight in shipping bill, he can approach shipping liner(carrier) to amend weight in Bill of Lading accordingly.

 

Why does exporter require amending weight in Bill of Lading?

 

Under normal circumstances, an amendment of weight does not occur. Here, exporter may require such amendment of weight in BL for the purpose of claiming any government benefits on the quantity of exports he made. The importer at final destination also may require amendment of weight in BL for any import benefits.

 

If an amendment in weight is required once after submitting original bill of lading with shipper’s bank, the overseas buyer can amend weight in the said original bill of lading after receiving BL from his bank through shipper’s bank. At this time, the consignee needs to approach the shipping liner’s counterpart office at consignee’s location. The carrier (shipping company) at consignee’s location needs a ‘No Objection’ letter or message to amend weight in bill of lading from his counterpart at load port who issued Bill of Lading. In turn, the shipping company at load port confirms the details to his counterpart at destination regarding amendment of weight in BL. The freight forwarder at load port provides ‘no objection’ up to the extent of information available in export shipping bill submitted by exporter. If consignee needs to amend weight other than declared in export shipping bill, the exporter (shipper) can amend shipping bill at load port with customs and submit such amended shipping bill with shipping company , so as to enable him to send a ‘no objection’ to amend weight to include in bill of lading.

 

Technically speaking an amendment of weight in BL after sailing of vessel is not correct. Up to 5% variation could be accepted in very exceptional cases. However major difference in weight affects the stability of Ship. Exporter may have to pay for consequences of wrong declaration of weight.

 

 

 

Here, I have explained about amendment of weight in BL, procedures to amend weight in Bill of Lading, the reasons for amendment of weight in Bill of Lading and consequences of wrong declaration weight in Bill of Lading.

 

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Sandeep Srivastava: Hi ALL, My name is Sandeep Srivastava. I work with a Customs Broker Firm. Recently we have had an issue wherein the Gross Weight in the Ex-Bond Bill of Entry got mis matched with that of the actual quantity to be released. Is there any way that the Gross Weight in the X-Bond B/Entry can be amended with actual quantity released. The B/Entry has not yet been out of charged. If the same can be amended then how? If then any other alternate way cargo still lying in the warehouse as no more X-Bond B/Es can be filed due to wrong filing. Kindly help

Baldev Godara: Hi All, My name is Baldev Godara, i work witha a custom broker firm Recentely we have had an issue wherein the Gross weight in the Ex Bond Bill of entry got miss matched with that of the actual quantity to be released, is there any way that the Gross weight in the X-Bond B/Entry can be amend with actual quantity released. The B/Entry has not yet been out of charges. if the same can be amended then how ? Also advise if there any other alternate way cargo still lying in the warehouse as no more X bond B/Es can be filed due to wrong filing, kindly help please

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