How does Bill of Lading work in Sight LC


How does Bill of Lading work in Sight LC


How does Bill of Lading work in Sight LC


How does Bill of Lading function in Sight Letter of Credit?


In this article let us discuss about the mechanism of Bill of Lading under Sight LC.  How does Bill of Lading work under sight LC? How does bank handle Bill of Lading under LC at sight?

Letter of credit at sight is one of the payment terms in international trade.  Once after completion of export formalities at customs, exporter  collects original Bill of Lading from carrier of goods.  The said original bill of lading along with other shipping documents   are submitted along with Letter of Credit  with his bank for negotiation.  After satisfying with the terms and conditions of letter of credit, the authorized bank negotiate documents and sends  the documents to overseas buyers bank.  The buyer’s bank notifies  buyer  and instructs him to accept documents.   The buyer accepts documents and  arrange for import customs clearance to take delivery of goods.  He surrenders original bill of lading with the carrier and takes delivery of goods.


Here the point is, without original bill of lading, the buyer can not take delivery of goods.  As per sight LC conditions, LC opening bank has to remit amount of shipment to beneficiary bank,  on acceptance of documents by buyer.  So,  buyers bank (LC opening bank) delivers original bill of lading only after receiving  the export proceeds (value of  goods shipped).  In short, without remitting the amount as per letter of credit, the buyer can not take delivery of goods.

As per agreed terms with supplier, if buyer agreed to mention  opening bank’s name  as consignee or ‘To Order’,  the  opening bank (buyer’s bank)  has to issue a ‘Delivery order ‘  to the buyer.    The carrier of goods  can release cargo  to the buyer only after receiving such delivery order  issued by the bank mentioned on Bill of Lading.  Before issuing delivery order, bank confirms  receipts  of payment  from  his customer (buyer) against  the Letter of Credit.  Also read  Can Original Bill of lading be surrendered under LC at sight   Is Airway bill a documents of title to us under LC at sight?


In this article I have explained about the importance of Bill of Lading under LC at sight.  Have you satisfied with this article about the mechanism of Bill of Lading under sight Letter of Credit?  What is your experience in handling Letter of Credit at Sight?  Would you like to share your knowledge and experience to add this article?  Share below your thoughts about the function of Bill of Lading under Letter of Credit at sight.  

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SANJAY LOHAR: Dear Sir, Thank you sharing article. It very useful to me. My name is sanjay from India. I want to send export spices from south africa to Egypt. My supplier is agreed to send the material FOB at egypt port. My customer payment term is 100% LC At sight. I am totally confused about what are the instructions should I give to my supplier. And what are the documents are required to him forward the same to my egypt customer. Please help in this matter. Regards SANJAY LOHAR

Harsh Fatnani : I got your contact address from I am absolutey layman in respect of import procedures and request you to kindly update me in following respect. I am working as finance executive in Goverment Hospital and we need to Import Medical equipment from foreign country whether we will have to open LC to make payment. Whether we will be eligible for custom duty exemption when we make payment to foreign vendor in its currency. Few vendors in india also ready to provide us equipment but they are saying that in case the payment will be made in indian currency, we will not be eligible for Custom duty exemption.

Juria Spend: If L/C at the description of goods stipulates value of goods, is it compulsory that we have to show this value on the B/L?

moez: Your english is horrible, can't follow

dineah parihar : First of all, thank you making such an informative web site. We have received LC @ sight from Yemen in which Yemen's local bank, issuing bank, name is inserted in place of importer as an Applicant.Can it be possible?

Anand Sonawane : My name is Anand and I wanted to start my own export. I want to know about letter of credit. Is it mandatory for export business or are there any other ways to get export payment? If I'm often doing business with a genuine buyer, will there be LC required or I can go for some other mode of payment? How many modes of payment in export import?

Nelson Rodriguez : I've enjoyed reading your export/import blog. It has alot of great information. I have a question: What does it mean when a BOL is stamped "surrendered"? Does this make the BOL non-negotiable?

Anindita Chatterjee: Is there any way where we can directly send the documents to the buyer's bank without involving the bank from exporter's side for a LC payment?

Nathan Piari: Very supportive to new importers.

Bahram: It was great, you did not explain just one case that this documentary credit will be deposited in the port of origin after loading and delivery to the shipping company to the seller's account

Ankan : I have shipped one container in 90 days lc the buyer has released the container, but while I checked in my bank the bank doesn't know the buyer has released the document what to do

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