Clean Bill Of Lading Definition
A clean bill of lading is a document issued by a carrier which indicates that the goods received in the vessel are in good condition and without any damage or defect. Product carriers issue a clean bill of lading when the bill is free from clauses, negative remarks or notation of defects.
Before carriers can issue a clean bill of lading, a thorough inspection of the goods in the vessel must take place in order to detect damage or loss that might have occurred.
A Little More on What is a Clean Bill Of Lading
Typically, a clean bill of lading is a type of bill of lading signed by the carrier which indicates that the delivered goods are not damaged and are in perfect condition. A clean bill of lading can also be signed by a party or representative authorized by the carrier.
The carrier or his representative is required to examine the goods to ascertain their status, quality and quantity before a clean bill of lading can be signed or issued. An unclean (dirty) bill of lading is the opposite of a clean bill of lading, this kind of bill of lading is issued when there are notations of defect or clause on the shipped goods.
Specifics of a Clean Bill of Lading
A bill of lading is an official document between a carrier and shipper of goods, this document can also serve as evidence of the delivery of goods to an agreed location. A bill of lading contains the following information;
- The type of product being shipped.
- Quality and quantity of the products.
- The predetermined destination.
A clean bill of lading, however, indicates that a carrier received the shipped goods without any damage or loss to them. Absence of a clean bill of lading stalls the acceptance of goods by importers because it indicates that the losses, defects or damages have occurred to the goods.