Have Your Transportation Documents Ready!

The transportation of goods is a multifaceted process. Choosing the right type of carrier, understanding the laws and regulations of international ports and providing the required documentation is important. Experienced freight forwarding companies simplify this process and ensure your goods and vehicle transport is completed with knowledge of government requirements.

The safe-handling of goods and the quality service by carriers has been looked at positively over the years. Special Correspondent of Joc.com, Bruce Bernard, reports on a survey conducted in 2016 by Drewry Shipping Consultants and the European Shippers’ Council. Out of 126 shipper and forwarder responders, the top three services they were most satisfied with included:

  • Accurate documentation
  • Price of service
  • Quality of equipment

With accuracy in documentation being a top service, it’s important for you to understand which papers are required for transport.

Types of Documentation

If you have used container shipping or RO/RO shipping services in the past, you are probably familiar with terms such as “waybill” or “bill of lading”. However, for those preparing their first shipment, the following descriptors will help explain these terms and identify other important documents.

Bill of lading (BOL) – This document is the primary legal document used to support the handling and transport of goods. According to ShipCanada.ca, information outlined in a BOL includes shipment measurements such as quantity, dimensions, weight, and estimates. A Bill of Lading is important for the shipper as it provides proof of safe handling of the shipment and verifies receipt.

Waybill – A term is commonly used to refer to the Straight Bill of Lading (BOL). This document presents legal information on the origin of shipment, destination of shipment, size of shipment, the value of the shipment, and indicates which party has paid for the shipment.

As defined by Shipping and Freight Resource, there are two different BOL’s that are presented to different parties in the shipment process.

  • House Bill of Lading (HBL) – In the shipment equation, the official term that refers to a carrier is Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC). When a shipment is being transported, this type of BOL is presented to customers by the NVOCC.
  • Master Bill of Lading (MBL) –This type of BOL is issued by the carrier to the shipper. Freight forwarder companies, such as ViaMar, act as the “shipper” in this exchange.

The information above provides you with an overview of the documents required for vehicle transport. Although it may seem like a complicated process, a professional freight forwarder helps make it as simple and easy as possible. To ensure the safety and efficiency of your shipment, ViaMar works diligently with its customers to ensure all documentation is complete and accurate. Contact us today for more information on car shipping in Canada and the services available to you.