What is a Bill of Lading?
A bill of lading is simply a receipt for your items that are being transported, as well as the contract you and your mover sign. This is required for every shipment that is transported, and required of every mover. When your driver loads your shipment, you will be given a copy of the bill of lading – you have the responsibility of thoroughly reading all of the information before you sign this document. If you don’t completely understand it, you need to have any questions answered immediately. These are some of the things you’ll find on a bill of lading:
- It specifies when your shipment is to be transported
- It clearly identifies the mover.
- It specifies conditions and terms in regard to payment of all charges.
- If you sign a non-binding estimate, the bill of lading states the maximum payment that will be due at the time of delivery.
- It also provides information regarding your shipment’s valuation and how much liability the mover will bear if damage or loss occur.