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Bill of lading

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A Bill of lading is a document acknowledging that specified goods have been received on-board as cargo for conveyance to a named place for delivery to the consignee who is usually identified. It is usually issued by a carrier to a shipper.

A thorough bill of lading involves the use of at least two different modes of transport from road, rail, air, and sea. The term derives from the verb "to lade" which means to load a cargo onto a ship or other form of transportation.

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