A Blank Back Bill of Lading, also known as Short term Bill of Lading, is a type of transport document that does not include the terms and conditions of the shipment on the backside. Short term bills of lading are not in high demand.
Especially under the letters of credit payments, issuing banks generally demand long-form bills of lading, by simply prohibiting the presentation of short-term bills of lading.
What to Do If Letter of Credit Prohibits Presentation of Blank Back Bills of Lading
As an exporter, you must examine Field 46A: Documents Required and Field 47A: Additional Conditions. If you determine that the letter of credit prohibits the presentation of blank back/short term bills of lading, you must make sure that the bill of lading you will present contains the terms and conditions of the shipment (contract of carriage) on the backside of the bill of lading. It is advisable to discuss this issue with your freight forwarder before the shipment of the vehicle takes place.
Some examples are:
1. Short form bill of lading not acceptable.
2. Short form, blank backed, claused stale bill of lading / air way bill not acceptable.
3. Short form, blank backed and freight forwarder bill of lading not acceptable.
4. Short form, blank backed, charter party and through bills of lading is not acceptable.