Definition of bill of lading in US English:

bill of lading


  • A detailed list of a shipment of goods in the form of a receipt given by the carrier to the person consigning the goods.

    • ‘But the clause is not intended to be used if there is no disagreement between the Master and the shipper as to the proposed description of the cargo in the bills of lading.’
    • ‘A bill of lading traditionally has been created by the sender, providing details of the contents of a shipment, its destination and any special handling requirements.’
    • ‘Such a transaction is effective where the goods are on board a ship, when the transfer of the bill of lading transfers the property in the goods, or when they are stored in a warehouse pending their resale.’
    • ‘However, clause 1 of the Bill stipulates that a bill of lading must be transferable, thus following the preamble to the 1855 Act.’
    • ‘As regards the first consignment, the absence of declaration in the bill of lading that the goods were intended for transhipment was appropriately corrected in two days.’
    • ‘They contended that once the cargo had been discharged, the bill of lading no longer gave a right to possession, only to a claim for damages; they relied on a series of decisions to which I refer at paragraph 35 and following.’
    • ‘But if the clause is one which is not thus directly germane, it should not be incorporated into the bill of lading contract unless it is done explicitly in clear words either in the bill of lading or in the charterparty.’
    • ‘As already foreshadowed, the substantive claim relates to goods shipped under the bills of lading, all of which were issued by CSAV between May and August 2000.’
    • ‘Once notified of the arrival of the goods, the buyer obtains the bill of lading and other documents upon signing a trust receipt.’
    • ‘In that case the claimant bank had accepted a bill of lading under a letter of credit after the period of validity of the credit had expired.’
    • ‘The hatch-checker knew from his bills of lading what sort of cargo was in transit.’
    • ‘Consider an example where a service might have to arrange for shipping, insurance, bills of lading, even letters of credit.’
    • ‘The pirates also placed false registration papers on board and created false bills of lading for the cargo.’
    • ‘After I had scrutinised the bills of lading regarding the ship's freight, I could not find any nuclear material on board.’
    • ‘While the owners are participating in the hearings regarding the merits…, those hearings are not, on the evidence before me, concerned with disputes under the bills of lading.’
    • ‘The telex continued that in consideration of the owner's complying with that request the charterers would indemnify them against the consequences of delivering the cargo without production of the original bill of lading.’
    • ‘Whether deck stowage was a breach of the terms of the charterparty and the bills of lading;’
    • ‘Bills of lading: as with the credit note (letter of credit) we have attached (draft of the bills of lading to be sent for checking before issue).’
    • ‘It is quite obvious therefore that Tradax cannot have intended to pass the special property in the goods when transferring the bills of lading to the plaintiffs.’
    • ‘The bill of lading holders ordered the ship to one of the named Danish ports.’


bill of lading

/bɪl əv/