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What is a bill of lading, sea waybill?

This is a shipping document used for sea transportation. Bill of lading is a document issued by the carrier to the consignor to certify the acceptance of cargo for carriage by the sea with the obligation to deliver the cargo to the port of destination and issue it to the legal holder of the bill of lading.

As a rule, three or more copies of the bill of lading are issued with the same content and date: for the consignor or his forwarder, for the consignee and the cargo owner.