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Proof of Delivery

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What is Proof of Delivery?

Your driver will bring with him a Proof of Delivery receipt. This proof of delivery is also known as a Bill of Lading or BOL. This paperwork is the receipt for the transportation of goods delivered. It is also a legal document that serves three primary functions.

Used as a Cargo Receipt – When a carrier picks up a shipment from a consignee paperwork is essential. This paperwork is a proof of shipment. It is also used for insurance reasons. It will be a description of goods being transported. Detailed information about weight, quantities, Country of manufacture, and dimensions are included.

Used as Evidence of Contracted Carriage – These documents are the contract for service of transporting the goods. These documents will follow the products from one location to another. In short, it is a contract between a seller and a carrier.

As Title to Goods or Products – It also functions as a document of title. It identifies the ownership of the goods being shipped.

There are many types of bills of lading. They will differ depending upon a variety of reasons such as international shipments. The primary functions will all act the same however.

If your freight arrives in bad condition, you must notate "damage" or "missing pieces" on Proof of Delivery. Your signature will also be required on the bill of lading by the delivery driver. A copy will be kept by the carrier and one provided to you. This is the time to document and take pictures of any discrepancies. A damage claim cannot be started without notice within 24 hours of accepted delivery. Contact a FreightCenter Freight Agent immediately upon discovery of issues or concerns.

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