What Is a BOL (Bill-of-Lading)?
A Bill of Lading (or BOL) is a standard, mandatory piece of paperwork that provides the carrier and driver with all the pertinent information related to shipping costs and transport information. This paperwork allows for proper billing to be processed by the shipping company and FreightCenter, Inc. All parties (buyer, seller and carrier) involved should have a copy of the BOL.
It is very important that the FreightCenter BOL be given to the carrier at the time of pickup.
FreightCenter has arranged discounted shipping rates, due to the volume of shipments we process through the shipping companies that we partner with. The FreightCenter BOL confirms your (the customer) discounted rate with the carrier. If our BOL and additional account paperwork is modified or not used, the freight company will not know to bill FreightCenter these pre-negotiated rates. In order to keep shipping costs low, make sure the shipper uses ONLY FreightCenter’s BOL when authorizing the freight to the driver at pickup. There is a $45.00 charge for FreightCenter to change the billing terms.
Printing a BOL Document
- Your shipment paperwork and billing documents can all be found when you log in to your FreightCenter.com account. The BOL is attached to completed orders under the Bookings tab or link.
- All parties (buyer, seller and carrier) involved should have a copy of the BOL. It is very important that the FreightCenter BOL be given to the carrier at the time of pickup. The FreightCenter BOL confirms your discounted rate with the carrier.
- Check for an email from your agent that includes a link to FreightCenter’s BOL and any additional required paperwork.