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What is Waybill?

June 19 2017
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When you have to import of export items to another country, you’ll need a waybill. So, what is that?

The waybill is the most important document by a carrier either directly its authorized agent or an express shipment tickets and passport to ensure timely, accurate and secure delivery. It also documents issued by a carrier giving details relating the shipment of goods. The point is, waybill will let you know where the shipment is going and what service you require and how you intend to pay. It also gives you proof of consignment and track shipment through the website. But one thing about waybills you need to remember, it has an expiration date, so it can’t be used past that date.

There is two kind of waybills, air waybills, and sea waybills

Air Waybills

It’s a receipt of goods by airline carriers or it’s a type of bill of lading or a contract of carriage between the shipper and carrier through the air. The air waybill is an information about the conditions of the carriage, such as the liabilities as well procedures for claims. It covers the transport of cargo from airport to airport. The air waybill can’t be negotiable instrument compared to the bill of lading. It also does not state on which flight number it travel on as well as when the goods would arrive.

The purpose of air waybill serves is as a contract of carriage or conditions. Also, it’s an evidence of receipt of goods. The receipt is a proof that the shipment was handed over in good order and also the shipping instruction are acceptable. Air waybill also used as a bill or invoice with supporting documents. The original copy of the air waybill is used for the carrier’s accounting. But the most important thing is you can use the air waybill as a certificate of insurance if the carrier is in a position to ensure the shipment and is requested to do so by the shipper.

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Sea Waybills

Same with air waybills, sea waybills is a acts receipt given by the shipping line as well as the contract of carriage between the shipper and carrier through the sea. The sea waybill can be used to release the cargo immediately to the named consignee as long as the consignee proves his or her identity. As no additional documents would be needed to submit to the shipping carrier, the cargo could, therefore, be released when it reaches the port. A sea waybill is not negotiable and can’t be assigned to a third party. The sea waybill indicates the on-board loading of the goods can be used in cases where no ocean bill of lading and no other document of title is required.

So, the waybill is a contract between the shipper and carrier and a receipt to the goods. But both waybills are non-negotiable.

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