bill of lading

noun
a written receipt given by a carrier for goods accepted for transportation. Abbreviation: b.l., B.L., b/l, B/L

Origin:
1590–1600

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bill of lading
 
n
Usual US and Canadian name: waybill (in foreign trade) a document containing full particulars of goods shipped or for shipment

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bill of lading

document executed by a carrier, such as a railroad or shipping line, acknowledging receipt of goods and embodying an agreement to transport the goods to a stated destination. Bills of lading are closely related to warehouse receipts, which contain an agreement for storage rather than carriage. Both may be negotiable when they provide that the goods are to be delivered not to a fixed individual but, typically, to the order of a stated person; this person may endorse the document and give it to another, who will then be entitled to receive the goods. Such a negotiable document of title, which calls for the delivery of goods, must be distinguished from negotiable commercial paper such as notes and bills of exchange, which call for the payment of money. See also charter party.

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Example sentences
Each carries its own kind of header, known as a bill of lading, which
  identifies its contents and owner and directs its progress.
Once there was only one valid bill of lading, which was as valuable as the
  cargo itself.
The bill of lading is the contract between you and your mover.
Verify that the addressee is shown on the label and the number of cartons is
  shown on the bill of lading.
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