How to complete a Bill of Lading for cross-border shipments between the U.S. and Canada
- Check the Collect box if the shipment is not prepaid.
- Enter the complete Shipper Information.
- Enter the Consignee information.
- Enter the Bill-to information (if it is different than the Shipper information).
- Enter the Customs Broker information (note that Name is a required field).
- Check the Guaranteed box if you want to ship using Guaranteed G! Service.
- Enter complete Commodity information.
- When entering the number of shipping units, the piece counts should be entered as the lowest external packaging unit.
Example: a container containing 10 skids with 200 cartons should be manifested as 200 cartons
- Check the HM box if the shipment contains Hazardous Materials.
- Enter the kind of packaging and description of the articles.
- Include a clear and concise description of the items you are shipping.
- Use plain language to describe the characteristics of the commodity.
- Include only information related to the actual item; do not include the type of packaging.
- Part numbers, abbreviations or vague descriptions are not acceptable.
- Enter the NMFC number.
- Enter the shipment class.
- Enter the weight of the shipment.
How to write the description of articles
- In NO CASE are the following descriptions acceptable:
- Blank Description
- Freight All Kinds (FAK)
- General Merchandise
- "26 pallets"
- Various Retail Merchandise
- Consolidated Cargo
For more information on commodity descriptions, go to: