I have already explained in this website about the details of House Bill of Lading and Master bill of lading.
Now let us discuss - Is compulsory to mention HBL and MBL same date. Is there any problem on different date in HBL and MBL.
House bill of lading is the BL issued by a freight forwarder/consolidator to the final shipper/exporter once after receipt of goods along with necessary legal export document proving, completion of customs formalities. The said freight forwarder mentions date in House Bill of Lading on the date of issue of such document. The date of bill of lading should not be prior to completion of export customs formalities.
Once after receipt of goods along with proof of completion of export customs formalities, the freight forwarder delivers cargo to main carrier and obtains Master bill of lading. The date of master bill of lading should not be prior to the date of completion of customs formalities.
The question is, whether the date of HBL and MBL could be the same or can be different. Normally the date of house bill of Lading and the date of Master bill of lading is mentioned same. However, if the date of MBL and HBL differs, there is no inconvenience or error in smooth delivery of cargo to final consignee at destination port.
I could see among information posted in internet that the HBL date and MBL date must be same. But, during my career for the past 25 years in the trade, I have never faced any inconvenience due to different dates in HBL and MBL.
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