Bill of Lading procedures in triangular shipment What is switch Bill of Lading?
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How is Bill of Lading issued under a triangular shipment?


Suppose you are supplier of goods in India, you obtains export order from ABC China and  ABC gets purchase order from USA.

Once after completing nTriangular shipment Bill of Ladingecessary customs clearance procedures at load port, carrier issues Bill of Lading to you. The shipper under this bill of lading is you in India and consignee is your buyer ABC in China. The port of loading will be ‘your loading port’ and port of discharge and place of delivery are in USA as final port of discharge and final place of delivery. Once after discounting / negotiating your export bills, you send the said Bill of Lading to your buyer ABC in China along with other required documents as usual through your bank.



Once after receiving original bills of lading from you, ABC in China surrenders the said original Bills of Lading with the carrier and make arrangements to issue another Bill of Lading to him, by mentioning shipper as ABC,CHINA and consignee as ZYZ, USA. This bill of lading is called ‘switch bill of lading’. So ABC in China sends the said bill of Lading to his buyer XYZ, USA. The said switch Bill of lading is used by ABC for discounting or negotiating his export bills with Bank.   Surrender of Bill of Lading procedures and express release bill of lading procedures are also followed as regularly used in export trade.


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Wednesday, February 20, 2013
If I am bringing the consignment from Europe to Indian port & switch the b/l at USA. Can I mentioned USA buyer name in the documents like Certificate of origin & health certificate for clearance at India? What is the procedure to clear the same in India without revealing the Indian ultimate buyer name in the said above certificates?
admin Says :
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Hi Balaji, 1. Your question is brilliant but genuine and practical. Most of the countries allow to mention the details of your USA client (in your example) in Certificate of Origin, Health Certificate or any other specific documents if any. However, country of shipment and country of origin of goods will be European country. 2. If certificate of origin, health certificate and other specific documents if any issued by other agencies can be mentioned the details of USA customer, you can go ahead with other normal triangular shipment documentation which totally hide all details of Europe final seller from Indian final buyer. In other cases, you can appoint an agent who acts as an Importer in India. He completes import customs formalities and delivers cargo to the final buyer in India. Some of the customs brokers act as Importer also to protect such customers from contacting directly with final buyer and final seller.
Sanjay Says :
Wednesday, July 03, 2013
Hello Balaji, Company A in India bought material from company B in Muscat and sold it to company C in Bahrain. The idea was that the company B would send the BL and other docs to company A in India and then the company A would switch BL in India and send a new BL and new set of Docs to the company C in Bahrain. Now the problem is that when the company B approached Maersk line and told tgem about this switch they said switching can't be done in India and Pakistan. They also added that the transit time from Oman, Muscat to Bahrain is just 11 days. I need to know- 1) is it true that the BLs can't be switched in India? 2) is it because of the short transit time that Maersk is not allowing switching? Rgds Sanjay Singh
Rajeev Says :
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Sir, Following Point No. 2 in your answer is not clear. Please elaborate. My question is how to hide name of the Actual export on Certificate of Origin ? admin Says : Wednesday, February 20, 2013 2.If certificate of origin, health certificate and other specific documents if any issued by other agencies can be mentioned the details of USA customer, you can go ahead with other normal triangular shipment documentation which totally hide all details of Europe final seller from Indian final buyer.
John Says :
Wednesday, October 09, 2013
Hi Rajeev, Author is right, you can clarify with a good consultant in this regard.
santhosh Kumar Says :
Monday, December 16, 2013
You have describe with very well manner, It is understandable, I wants seek with you," What is cross trading??
sagar singh Says :
Friday, March 07, 2014
hi sir,this is sagar i am not getting how can you change certificate of origin of that product.because on certificate of origin you have to write origin country name and after that buyer will know about indian can you hide all these detail
Surendran Kollerath Says :
Monday, March 10, 2014
Hi Sagar Singh, In a triangular shipment, final buyer may know that his supplier is sourcing goods from another country. So final buyer does not care about the country of origin of goods if no restrictions by importing country. So almost all final buyers are aware of country of originally manufactured.
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Sir, regarding triangular b/l or switch b/l I have small doubt. You infomred above that I am exporting consignemns to ABC,China. ABC China receive order from XYZ, USA. In the bill of lading, you also asked to mention Final Destination and place of delivery USA. Also mentioned to surrender by ABC, china. If ABC, China the B/L, how can get XYZ, USA delivery order. This BL has already surrendered by ABC,China's bank. Please explain With kind regards G Ravikumar cell:96772 80455
Manna Says :
Sunday, September 28, 2014
I would like to know how is switch bill of leading different from triangular bill of leading..... Kindly explain... Regards.
vinit naik Says :
Thursday, October 09, 2014
i have a FOB export order (shipment going to third country). t & c are adv payment (as this is a trial order of very less value) & on FOB. my buyer is in UK. the buyer wants his company name as the shipper on the b/l, is this possible, if yes please do explain the procedure. switch b/l is what i know of but he says his shipments ex china has his company name in the b/l.. please advise.
Uma Says :
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Afternoon, My question as follows:- 1. For Triangle shipment, if not required switch BL it is fine right? As long between the A / b / C companies are some how related. 2.Example the shipment from Singapore to USA and payable in Malaysia, the bill of lading should be remarked as "Freight Prepaid or Collect"? Obviously the BL will remark with condition "payable in Malaysia". However, the payment should be strictly remark as "Collect" or "Prepaid"? Or this is very subjective questions? Please advice. Thanks.
Admin Says :
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Hi Uma, Read all my artcles about Triangular shipment.
ANAND Says :
Thursday, November 06, 2014
Hello 1. Can switched BL be split into more than one switch BL within the total goods quantity?. 2. Will the switch BL will carry the same original BL No. ? 3. How to identify a particular switch BL is related to a particular original BL. Please explain , Thanks.
Admin Says :
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Hi Ravikumar, XYZ, USA can collect delivery order by submitting Switch Bill of Lading issued to ABC,China. ABC China can also surrender same switch bill of lading to the carrier and arrange to send a message to final destination of cargo for not insisting for Bill of Lading. or You submits your Bill of lading to your bank, your bank sends the same BL to xyz'bank. xyz'bank delivers same BL to xyz as per terms of delivery and payment. xyz submits the same Bill of lading with carrier to issue switch bill of lading. carrier issues switch bill of lading, this switch bill of lading is surrendered with carrier at destination port, collect delivery order from them, submits with custodian of cargo to release goods after import customs clearance of importing country.
sam Says :
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Dear Sir, Our buyer is asking for a guarantee letter from the us authorizing him to 'Switch the B/L". is it advisable? Following is the buyer's text: Please arrange to endorse the B/L by putting a company chop and signature on the back of all the original B/Ls.Kindly also please send a guarantee letter addressed to the shipping Company authorizing "ABC HONGKONG., Ltd." to switch for a new set of B/L in Hong Kong. Please arrange to send us the endorsed B/L and the guarantee letter. We can send you a guarantee letter, that we take full responsibility and liability for this change.
Jason Says :
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
I am supplier in India, got a order from Europe and going to purchase from china. I am aware about the triangular shipment. But what is the procedure if I want to supply shipment on FOB China basis because my company is not registered in china.
Franky Says :
Tuesday, April 07, 2015
It is known that OHBL is sent in cover in Air shipment. Is there a possibility of SWITCH HAWB in air shipment. Thank you.
Denster Says :
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Dear Sir, Need your assistant can we Express release or Surrender the 2nd Leg BL (sWITCH BL). Rgds Denster Pimenta
Husein Tinwala Says :
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Hi, Please provide your inputs wrt to following transaction: Company A, in India gets an order from Company B in china. Company A shall procure the goods from Company C in US. Now we wish to deliver the goods directly from US to China. How do we go about it? Do we require siwtch b/l in this case or we just have to mention in the BE/BL that "delivered to" and "nofify to" parties are different. please advice. Regards, Husein.
anton Says :
Monday, April 27, 2015
dear Admin, how about POL?? can we write in the new BL from China ?? cause we also didn't want buyer know from where we ship.. Thanks
Farz Says :
Monday, June 08, 2015
A export to B, but A receive the remitence by C. It may be sister concern company, is any objection from RBI by doing so Or any other way to get rid off this situation
Kuldeep Sabhnani Says :
Thursday, July 02, 2015
I have gone thru the site ''. Its a very informative site. I am specially interested in triangular transactions. My query is that in triangular transactions the Bill of Lading can be changed once the consignment reaches the agent from the supplier before sending the consignment to the consignee. Is it possible to change the country of origin of the goods as well? Ex. If my supplier is from China and consignee is in Uk and i am in India, can i ship the consigment first to India so that the country of origin of the goods can be changed to India instead of China. At times even if the product is good just because its Chinese the product is not accepted in certain countries. Pls let me know if there is a way out and if there is a legal procedure available . I understand that BIL can be changed but am not sure of COO.
Noel Jathanna Says :
Wednesday, July 08, 2015
Can you please help & let me know the bank requirements for payment towards import & documents for export in case of 'SWITCH transaction' where material is purchased & sold without materials cleared in our country? It's import & export in the same transaction.
Thursday, July 16, 2015
I have a shpmt from India to Thailand which has to be Switched in Italy. now as the shpmt is going to thailand hence we have to also issue a COO (country of origin) for cnee to take a duty benefit, pls advise in Switch BL how can we issue the COO by hiding actual shpr of India that the end cnee of thailand should not come to know about the actual shpr. Appreciate you kind help
Pramod Says :
Saturday, September 26, 2015
Hi, I have a supplier in HK who can ship products directly to UK. I have paypal account in INDIA and I have eBay account. Suppose if some one from UK buys item in eBay then I will receive funds to my PayPal account in India. I will then order the product from HK supplier and send this Item directly to UK customer. In this case, what are the procedures?
murali Says :
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
I happened to come across your blog on Import and Export and found the information very very useful. Thank you very much for such an informative blog. We are a non-profit section 25 company and we are working with artisans in Channapatna to promote the Channapatna handicraft. We are a livelihood development organisation involved in skill training and providing marketing support to artisans. Currently we are exporting our products and we are interested to explore selling our products directly to customers outside india through e-commerce. We would like to understand the documentation and procedures that we have to follow for this - billing, customs documents, bank procedures etc.
John Says :
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
I'm buying cargo from china on CAD Basis. I'm in India. Cargo going to Dubai. How to make my documents ? Please suggest. I need to protect my end client from the chinese company.
raju Says :
Friday, December 18, 2015
hi can i change Place of receipt and Port of loading in 2nd leg of switch BL cargo is loaded from India F/dest is yangon BL will be switch at singapore so can i mention POL as singapore in 2nd leg BL ?
Murali.R Says :
Sunday, February 21, 2016
Hi, Curious to know, what is the impact on Export Manifest at Load Port once a BL is switched at intermediate leg. Does the Export Manifest at load port needs ammendment ?. Thanks in advance Murali
Murali Says :
Monday, March 28, 2016
Hi, Myself Murali and new to freight forwardign industry. can any one tell what is meant by: Exchange bill of lading, and in what scenario's the same can be used. Thanks in Advance
Puneet Singla Says :
Monday, July 11, 2016
Hi, My Query is on Triangular shipment. Company 'A' an Indian company has given an order to a Finland company 'B' for a product. This Finland company has further given the order to another Indian company 'C'. All are independent companies. Now 'C' has received the advance from 'B' with delivery instructions to be made to 'A' i.e. within India. Therefore how will the 'C' show shipment of goods against the advance Foreign remittance received from 'B' and how will 'A' show imports for foreign remittance made to 'B'. Also how will the GR will be given to the bank. Regads
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
HI, My query is that A purchase a plant from B in terms of DAP Now shipment reached at destination and A insisting to do the customs clearance by B in this regards please guide me who will be responsible for the customs clearance at destination in terms of DAP. Regards.
apurva soni Says :
Monday, August 22, 2016
bemi Says :
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Hi, Would appreciate your opinion on below situaion. We are based in India and our client is based in China. Our client has asked us to Quote prices FOR SEZ Kandla. (meaninng the chinese client will be buying from us and selling to their client in SEZ Kandla. In this situation: 1) How can we document this Export, we will be exporting under Advance Authorization License. 2) Will our Export Invoice , Packing List, Copy of Transport Receipt showing Our name as Exporter and Chinese compnay name as Importer/Buyer with destination of Goods SEZ Kandla : be acceptabel as Proof of export? 3) For exports to SEZ we need to file Bill of Export. Do we need to file Bill of Export with Shipper as our name and Buyer as our Chinese client , with their address of China , however our Contract will show the Destiantion and price as FOR Kandla.
dev Says :
Friday, September 02, 2016
Hello, if i have issued a BL in the name of the company who doesn't have a IEC code so whats the procedure to change the name of consignee. can it be done and whats the procedure for the same
alam ahmad Says :
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
how the container of the said shipment will move. will it directly go to the USA from India ? or will it first go to china from india thn USA. if container will move directly from india to USA, what will be shown on the indian shipping bill as port of final destination. thanks
Mohan Says :
Wednesday, October 05, 2016
Afaq Says :
Thursday, December 22, 2016
I have received an order. My company is based in India. I need to pickup goods from Indonesia and ship to end user in Saudi Arabia. I will pay the supplier in Indonesia and the end user of Saudi Arabia will pay me upon delivery. Now that I am getting foreign currency in my bank and I wont have shipping bills with me. What should be submitted to my bank? Please advice
Shah Says :
Monday, February 20, 2017
Hi My buyer (consigne) is in Usa and he wants the cargo delivery in Qatar so how I can prepare the documents please advise me

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