is shipping bill and bill of lading same?

Shipping bill and bill of lading are two different concepts. These concepts are explained below.

Shipping bill: It contains information regarding the specifications of the goods for export, such as the name of the vessel, port at which the goods are to be discharged, country of final destination and exporter’s name and address. This document forms an essential part of an export transaction as it is on the basis of this document that customs grants clearance to the export.

Bill of lading: A bill of lading is an essential document required for an export transaction. It is issued by the shipping company concerned as a token of acceptance that the goods have been put on board in its vessel. A bill of lading is an undertaking signed by the shipping company to transfer the goods to the port of destination. Bills of lading are freely transferable.

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