BILL OF LADING

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What is a Bill of Lading (BOL)?

A Bill of Lading, or BOL, is standard, mandatory 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.

Why Is the FreightCenter BOL Important?

  • FreightCenter has arranged discounted shipping rates with our carriers
  • Discounted rates are possible because of the volume of shipments we process
  • The FreightCenter BOL confirms your discounted rate with the carrier
  • The FreightCenter BOL MUST be given to the carrier at the time of pickup
  • If our BOL and/or additional account paperwork is modified or not used, the freight company will not know to bill FreightCenter these pre-negotiated rates
  • To keep shipping costs low, make sure the shipper uses ONLY FreightCenter’s BOL when authorizing the freight to the driver at pickup
  • The FreightCenter BOL can be printed directly from your account (see instructions below)
  • There is a $45.00 charge for FreightCenter to change the billing terms.

How to Print 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.

What if a bill is received directly from the carrier?

This usually occurs when FreightCenter’s BOL is not used at the time of pickup, which results in a double booking in two systems and a change in shipping rates. Our freight brokers will promptly take care of the paperwork and have the charges properly credited for your freight shipment when notified. Open a support ticket or contact our customer service department at 1-800-716-7608 and fax a copy of the bill that you received.

How to take advantage of FreightCenter discounts

The first step to taking advantage of FreightCenter discounts is to use our online instant quote system and compare the freight shipping rates quoted from multiple shippers. Follow the simple steps for setting up an account and booking your shipment. If you need help, call us at 800.716.7608.

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