Can an importer take delivery of goods without original bill of lading?
Friday, June 16, 2017     Category : Bill of Lading

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Can an importer take delivery of goods without original bill of lading?

 

 

Import Delivery without original bill of Lading.

 

This is one of the common doubts among exporters and importers – Can an importer take delivery of goods without producing original bill of lading with carrier? We have learned in other articles in same website that Bill of Lading is a document of title and transferable. Without Bill of Lading, can carrier release goods to consignee at destination port?

 

Now let us discuss some different levels in export import trade where in Bill of Lading does function.

 

There are mainly four types of handling of Bill of Lading, normally by carriers in export import trade. Let us discuss below different levels of handling bill of lading by a shipping carrier of goods.

 

Delivery of Imported goods against Bill of Lading

Original bill of lading is issued by carrier of goods once he receives the cargo afterCan an importer take delivery of goods without original bill of lading completion of customs clearance procedures. The carrier can be a shipping line, freight forwarder, or a Multi model transport operator, or both. The exporter, once after obtaining original Bill of Lading, he submits the same along with other required documents with his bank to send to overseas buyer through buyer’s bank. The exporter’s bank sends the said documents to buyer’s bank after necessary formalities. The buyer’s bank delivers documents to the buyer. The buyer submits the said original bill of lading with the carrier of goods after completing customs procedures of importing country. The carrier receives the said Bill of Lading and arranges to deliver cargo to the consignee, after checking the authenticity of consignee if required.

 

 

Delivery of imported goods against OBL surrender message.

You (exporter) release Bill of Lading from carrier, and surrenders the same to the carrier. The carrier sends a message to his counter part at destination port about the surrender of Bill of lading at load port. He advises his office at destination to delivery the cargo to consignee without ‘insisting for original bill of lading’.

There could be many reasons to surrender OBL at load port. OBL could not have released in time, vessel would have reached at destination port before release of OBL, Buyer’s instruction to avoid loss in transit etc.etc.

 

Delivery of import goods against Express Release Bill of Lading:

You instruct carrier to release ‘Express Bill of Lading’. Here, the carrier issues a copy of express BL to exporter. A soft copy of the same BL is sent by carrier to his counterpart at destination. You (exporter) also send a soft copy to your overseas buyer. Your buyer can take delivery of goods by just submitting the said copy with the carrier at final destination of goods.

 

Release of Import goods against endorsed BL / transferred BL

The consignee column of BL mentions “To Order” and the address other than your buyer. Normally this address will by your bank address, as your sale contract may be under Letter of Credit. Here, the carrier can deliver cargo to your buyer, only after the written permission from the address mentioned in the ‘consignee column’ of Bill of lading. The said permission should be in the form of ‘Deliver order’. Normally bank delivers such ‘order’ to deliver the cargo, only after receiving the payment of goods from the buyer.

 

I hope, I could explain you in detail about the release of import goods against Bill of Lading in different levels. Do you wish to add more information about release import goods with Bill of Lading?

 

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Comments

 
Max Says :
Monday, July 07, 2014
I have a situation with shipments against LCs. actually we are importer, all shipments are against LC. transit time between POL & POD is very short lets say 9 days & from some POL its 14 days. Cargo is reefer cargo. Bank negotiation of documents takes time. the whole process takes minimum 25 to 30 days. Ultimately we are landing up in paying huge line detention & Port storage. how can i get out of such a costly situation ? Please advise. what is the alternative aside to bank guarantee???
Admin Says :
Monday, July 07, 2014
Hi Max, You can arrange with opening bank to mention in LC to send a set of original documents by courier immediately up on shipment.
sanjay singhal Says :
Monday, March 02, 2015
what is the procedure for clearing import consignment when against one bill of lading multiple containers are booked but only part consignment arrives
Rajesh Says :
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
We sent the cargo on FOB basis. The freight agent of buyer holds the MBL at destination. I, the shipper has the HBL here. I need to get balance payment. Is it possible for the Buyer to release cargo with MBL of his agent without HBL ?
Ranvir Singh Says :
Thursday, September 24, 2015
there have been efforts to find ways to do without original bill of lading -delivery in order to receive / release the cargo on destination port. however, concret solution was not offered worth acceptance , by the shipping industry / authorities. whatever, alternative to the bill of lading , but it has to be fool proof.
Sam Says :
Friday, October 02, 2015
When an importer pays the factory and factory does not send the OB/L to importer, what are the options for forwarder to release the shipment? Factory claims they didn't receive payment, customer has payment confirmation, what is the obligation of forwarder, or what is the protection if forwarder releases the freight against payment confirmation?
GAJENDER SINGH Says :
Thursday, March 17, 2016
We have exported few containers from India to Kenya & we have the original shipping line's b/l with us at origin and the containers are released to buyer at destination without the presentation of original B/L. On checking shipping line is saying that in Kenya their is some customs rule and consignee can take the cargo without the original b/l. Pls advise what we can do in this situation to take our payment from buyer.
Cairo Says :
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
The carrier released the cargo with out the BL and without our consent ? How can I proceed against the carrier ?
Al Says :
Sunday, May 22, 2016
Hello : Your articles are very good. We imported clothing from 3 overseas shippers in a single container. Two of them sent us bank endorsed Bills of Lading and the third one did not send us the same even though we have wired him the full payment and have proof of payment. The forwarder said he will devain the container and send us the two shippers' goods but the one without the BL will be sent to a bonded warehouse. Do we have any recourse here ? thank you
alex Says :
Saturday, June 04, 2016
hello, may we get the cargo without BL ?
Mukesh Gupta Says :
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
we are an export house and wish to import engine parts from china for Re-Export. Is there a possibility to import the goods without payment of duty? against Bond??? Or is it possible to easily take a refund of import duty 100% after exports.??
Chittranjan Says :
Thursday, September 01, 2016
Hi can any one help me to know the Brazilian custom law? Is it true that in Brazil consignee can release the cargo by prove that said cargo belongs to him and Shipping line/custom give green signal to take delivery of cargo without Mbl & hbl.I want to know how brazil custom work..
prashant shah Says :
Saturday, January 14, 2017
My exporter send me container against copy of BL & I paid him against it. Container arrives at my port. But my exporter did not provide me original BL and they put message on BL when they booked that container delivery against Original BL and payment. Now I can not get my container. My exporter do not answer my call or not reply my email. without Original BL I can not get my container now what to do
Admin Says :
Saturday, January 14, 2017
Hi Prashant Shah, Check with Exporter, whether he has cleared all dues with carrier who issued BL. Since container already arrived at port, advise exporter to surrender all original Bills of Lading with liner who issued, arrange to send a release message to carrier's counterpart at destination under a copy to you.
AJ Says :
Monday, June 26, 2017
X is the manufacturer and Y is the buyer. X and Y are owned by same people. X decides to sell goods to Z instead of Y. BL however states consginee as Y. Can the BL be changed and have Z pick up the goods from the port ?
Mukesh Parmar Says :
Sunday, July 16, 2017
We import a FCL from two exporter from china I have master bill of lading and shipper column mention the name of their logistics company name and in consignee column my company name and beneficiary same as As consignee but I have no House bill of lading can I cleared my containers without HBL. Pls advice
 

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