Mastering the Ocean Bill of Lading: A Comprehensive Filling Guide

Understanding and Completing an Ocean Bill of Lading

For smooth maritime shipping procedures, an Ocean Bill of Lading must be filled out correctly. Here’s how to handle each section for better search engine visibility:

Understanding and Completing an Ocean Bill of Lading

Essential Front Details on the Ocean Bill of Lading:


  • Goods Information: Record the name, logo, count of packages or pieces, weight or volume, and details if hazardous.
  • Carrier Identity: Include the carrier’s name and primary business location.
  • Vessel Information: Specify the ship’s name.
  • Shipper and Consignee: List the names of the shipper and consignee.
  • Ports and Dates: Note the ports of loading and discharge, the acceptance date, and places for multimodal shipments.
  • Bill of Lading Specifics: Mention the date, issuance place, and number of bill copies.
  • Payment Details: Detail the shipping charge payments.
  • Carrier Representative: Identify the carrier or its agent.

Key Terms on the Bill’s Reverse Side:


  • Clauses: From the definition to paramount, carrier’s responsibility, and liability limitation clauses, each one is crucial.
  • Cargo Handling: Packing and mark clause, flora and deck clauses, and dangerous goods clause.
  • Financial Terms: Lien clause and notice of claims, including statute of limitations.

Sea Waybill Simplification:


A sea waybill is for verifying the contract of carriage by sea, ensuring delivery to the specified consignee without the transferability feature of a traditional bill of lading

Differences Between Ocean Bill of Lading and Sea Waybill:


  • Transferability: The ocean bill of lading can be endorsed; the sea waybill cannot.
  • Consignee Specifications: Both documents specify the consignee but differ in transfer methods.
  • Document Types: The ocean bill of lading comes in full and simplified forms, while the sea waybill is always simplified.

Understanding these distinctions and filling out the documentation properly ensures a streamlined shipping process. Whether it’s an ocean bill or a sea waybill, correct completion is key to a successful cargo journey.


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