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U.S. domestic inland LTL Bill of Lading in Sea freight

Selecting a pickup or line-haul option in the online freight calculator means that the shipping goods require delivery to an ocean freight carrier's terminals for further shipping from the USA overseas LCL. Such freight terminals called CFS - Container Freight Station. Typically such cargo deliveries supported by U.S. domestic trucking companies specializing in LTL freight.

The title on a U.S. domestic cargo transportation is an LTL Bill of Lading (BOL or B/L).

Do not confuse LTL and LCL:

  • LTL is an abbreviation for Less than Truck Load. A U.S. domestic ground transportation service designed to deliver consolidated cargo within the USA.
     
  • LCL is an abbreviation for Less than Container Load. An international sea freight service designed for shipping consolidated cargo out of U.S.

Knowing that you will never confuse an LTL U.S. domestic inland bill of lading with an LCL sea freight bill of lading. Below is an example of a U.S. domestic bill of lading.

Ltl bol

In respect of international cargo transportation from the USA overseas, a U.S. LTL domestic inland bill of lading (unlike LCL BOL) is an intermediate document. LTL BOL is not a final document in your international shipping from the U.S. It acts as a U.S. private carriage contract for cargo transporting from the cargo location to a CFS, for further international transportation out of the U.S. LCL. Both terminals locate within the U.S. territory.

In respect of international cargo transportation from the USA LCL, besides other purposes, the LTL bill of ladings may verify details of goods delivered to a CFS, such as:

  • Kind of commodity,
  • Quantity of shipping units and its packing,
  • The weight and dimensions.

After cargo delivered for the shipping overseas at a CFS, the information in the LTL BOL should be verified by the CFS cargo recipient. The weight/measurements information in the LTL BOL can be used for matching to w/m in ocean freight carrier's warehouse receipt till cargo palletized at the CFS.

Just to remind, that unlike LTL BOL, in ocean freight, an LCL sea freight bill of lading is the final document on an international shipment. It is the title of your shipping from the USA goods.

Please note, when transporting goods from the U.S. overseas, a discrepancy between cargo details in the LTL BOL and LCL BOL may occur. That's normal. There are different reasons for this. Most often, it is due to palletizing or re-palletizing of cargo delivered by an LTL carrier at CFS.

In international cargo transportation from the USA, at the time of cargo recovery at the destination, consignees should rely on and work with the information stated in the sea freight bill of ladings, but in a US domestic inland bill of ladings. Besides discrepancies that occurred at a CFS, destinations courtiers attorneys may not consider a foreign inland bill of ladings as a proof for an international shipment. They will work with a sea freight bill of lading only, which is the standard and mandatory document in the international cargo transportation industry. Particularly when shipping goods from the USA by sea.

 
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