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A Bill of Lading (B/L) and a Waybill are considered extremely important shipping documents with concern to international trade. The key difference between the two is the fact that Waybill does not convey the Title. The cargo can only be released to the person named as consignee on the waybill and no original documents are required. An airway bill (AWB) is a document of proof as an issue of receipt by the air carrier to the shipper. This is handed over to the shipper at the time of receipt of goods for on-carriage shipping terms. A Bill of Lading, on the other hand, is the proof of receipt that a sea carrier issues to a shipper for receipt of goods for on carriage terms of shipping. In this blog, we look at a AWB and Bill of Lading that Transco Cargo uses and how it is filled.

AirWay Bill Guide

The following include the list of items that need to be filled out accordingly;

# Information  
1 HAWB No. or House AirWay Bill Number  
2 Shipper’s Name and Address information  
3 Shipper’s Account Number with Transco Cargo  
4 Consignee’s Name and Address information  
5 Consignee’s Account Number with Transco Cargo  
6 Airport/Departure and Requested routing information  
7 Destination Code  
8 Carrier code  
9 Airport of Destination  
10 Requested Flight Information  
11 Reference number  
12 Optional shipping information Refers to the  IncoTerms, eg: CFR
13 Weight charge / Valuation charge)  
14 Currency Code  
15 Declared Value for Carriage Specify value, or state No value Declared
16 Declared Value for Customs Specify value, or state No Commercial Value or No Customs Value
17 Handling Information Specific information on handling the cargo
18 Rate Class and Commodity No (Code) This refers Rate Classes – B,C, E,K,M,N Q,R, S, U, W, X, Y
19 Nature and Quantity of Goods The volume of the cargo should be specified
20 Issuing Carrier or Agent Information  

Bill of Lading Guide

The following include the list of items that need to be filled out accordingly;

# Item
1 Bill of Lading Number  
2 Shipper Information  
3 Consignee Information  
4 Vessel Name  
5 Port of Loading  
6 Excess Value Declaration  
7 Port of Discharge  
8 Destination  
9 Freight Payable at:  
10 No. of Originals This refers to the number of original B/Ls issued
11 Description of Goods This can include information on the type of goods, eg- Used personal effects
12 Information on Cargo Includes Container information, seals, type, weight, volume, package and mode.
13 Incoterms Refers to the  IncoTerms for carriage, eg: FOB (Free on Board)
14 Consol Reference  
15 Surrender information  
16 Freight details and charges Charges can include the likes of clearance & delivery, AQIS inspection, Destination port charges
17 Place and Date of Issue  
18 Place of Receipt  
19 Place of Delivery  
20 Total number of packages This refer to specifying the number of packages included in the cargo.

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