Here you will find answers to the most common questions we get

Can I amend the Bill of Lading shipment date after sailing?

No. To issue a falsely dated Bill of Lading is fraud if the person issuing the Bill of Lading is aware that the date is incorrect.

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Can I have more than 3 original Bills of Lading?

Although 3 is the accepted industry standard, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean can issue as many originals as you require as long as the face of the bill of lading bears the number of originals issued. (i.e. if you require 4 originals, then the originals must state that 4 were issued).

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Can I use a Sea Waybill and a Bill of Lading for the same shipment?

No, this is not possible.

One shipment can have only 1 transport document. Therefore a Bill of Lading and a Sea Waybill cannot be used for the same shipment.

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Do I need a “Clean on board” clause on the Bill of Lading?

No, you do not need such a clause on the Bill of Lading. A Bill of Lading is in fact considered "clean" if there are no remarks in respect of the quantity or quality of the goods. This implies that Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean has received the goods in apparent good order and condition.

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I have lost my original Bills of Lading. Can I obtain a new set from Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean?

A new set of originals can be obtained by furnishing a letter of indemnity stating that Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean is not to be held responsible if the first set is found and surrendered. The letter of indemnity must be signed by the shipper (or their legal representative) and counter-signed by a reputable bank.

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What is a Negotiable Bill of Lading?

The Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean Bill of Lading serves 3 purposes:

* it is a transport contract (contract of carriage)

* a receipt of cargo

* a document of title (right to take delivery)

This feature is recognised by the Bill of Lading being consigned "to order of" which means that it is a negotiable document that transfers the title to the goods. This feature is commonly used when transactions are financed through letters of credit and/or goods are traded during the transit.

The title to the goods can be transferred by a simple endorsement on the document by the holder of the Bill of Lading and by handing over the Bill of Lading to the new owner, in much the same way as a personal check is endorsed.

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What is a Sea Waybill?

A Sea Waybill is a transport contract (contract of carriage) - the same as a Bill of Lading. A Sea Waybill, however, is not needed for cargo delivery and is only issued as a cargo receipt. It can either be issued in hard copy format or soft copy format. A Sea Waybill is not negotiable and cannot be assigned to a third party. Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean will deliver the cargo at destination to the person or company described as Consignee in the Sea Waybill.

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What is the advantage of a Sea Waybill?

A Sea Waybill is not a negotiable document. Therefore it is not necessary to surrender it at the destination to obtain cargo delivery. The current bill of lading system used by shipping lines sometimes results in delays in cargo delivery and other problems when the original bill of lading is lost or arrives late. The Sea Waybill system not only expedites cargo delivery but also simplifies the documentation procedure between shipper and consignee.

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When can I access my Bill of Lading?

Contact your local Customer Service representative for further information

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When should I send my master Bill of Lading/Shipping Instructions?

The master bill of lading or shipping instructions should be sent as early as possible. At the latest, it should be in Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean's possession 3 working days before a vessel sails.

When would I use a Sea Waybill instead of a Bill of Lading?

A sea waybill is used in lieu of a bill of lading for straight consignments whenever a letter of credit or similar banking arrangement is not involved in the sale of goods. The sea waybill is suitable for regular shipments between related companies which do not require settlements through banks or third parties.

You can use a sea waybill when:

The recipient of the cargo is known, for example with shipments between related companies.

Cargo will not be traded/sold during transport.

Payment of goods is made under an open account or there is a high degree of trust between the importer and exporter and where a negotiable transport document is not required under a letter of credit.

You are required to use the bill of lading when:

The goods are being traded/sold in transit.

The letter of credit terms require that a negotiable document to be used.

The laws and regulations of a country demand the production of a paper bill of lading.

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