A simple bill of landing, a mate’s receipt, and so on…

Every importer who paid for a delivery with a letter of credit is one of the main conditions imposed by banks is a “Clean on Board bill of landing”.

What is this Clean on Board bill of landing (COBBOL) and why nobody from the ship container transport did not issue it for you?? Well, COBBOL is just a bill of landing but without any notes on it, in contrast to a “claused” bill of landing on which one can find such clauses. I quickly add, that making a bill of landing foul is not connected with using mud :)

Why in the ship container transportation COBBOL is not issued, but “shipped on board B/L” (SOBBOL)?

Because according to the SLAC (shipper’s load, stow and count) term a sea carrier do not check what really is in the container, is not responsible for a load condition and does not take responsibility for it. That is, does not take responsibility, but actually not in the full meaning of this phrase :) He takes responsibility for a lack of damages of a container which may influence a load condition (no holes, an effective generator in the case of the refrigerated containers, etc.).

With COBBOL you will meet in the case of importing a „conventional” load – usually with a charter agreement. Such a COBBOL you will get in exchange for a clean mate’s receipt which (signed by a ship captain or a mate who supervises loading) will be a confirmation of a proper loading of a cargo for the maritime transportation.

Each SOBBOL – both in FCL, and LCL shipments – without any comments on it is now treated by banks as COBBOL.

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