Dirk asked below question about bill of lading date for transhipment cargo..
- “Do you know if Bills of Lading record the dates when cargo is offloaded at transhipment port and loaded on another ship.
- Would the bill of lading arriving at the final discharge port show the date of first loading or date of loading at transhipment port.”
I have explained in a previous article, that Transhipment is the act of off-loading a container from one ship and loading it onto another ship and that no shipping line can cover all ports around the world on a single service and therefore the services are segregated into trade lanes so that connections between various trade lanes is possible..
Although at the time of loading from the original port of load, the shipping line will have an “idea more or less” on which connecting vessel the cargo will be loaded and the ETA and ETD at transhipment port, shipping being a very dynamic industry and dependent on many natural and man-made factors, it would not be practical for any shipping line to show this information on the bill of lading at the time of its release..
As mentioned in my article whether the port of loading will change if a container is transhipped, “The bill of lading may or may not state the port of transhipment.. “..
Unless the recipient knows the full routing and service of the shipping line, looking at the bill of lading, there is no way to know if the cargo will be transhipped or not and if so when, where and how many times..
To answer your question Dirk :
- No, the bill of lading doesn’t record where the transhipment took place or the date of transhipment at the transhipment port..
- The through bill of lading that the consignee receives for release at final discharge port would show the same vessel, voyage, port of load and bill of lading date as issued at the initial port of load, no matter how many transhipments are involved..
You can however check this information by tracking your shipment on the website of the shipping line that you are using..
Thanks to e-commerce, most shipping lines these days have this tracking facility and this will give you the date of offloading and loading at the transhipment port and all the information you wish to know about the progress of your shipment..