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Department of Transportation Requirements

As per the Department of Transportation (DOT) it is required that all truck drivers transporting cargo over the road comply in having a detailed bill of lading/BOL stipulating the following items:

  • Names of consignor and consignee
  • Origin and destination points
  • Number of packages (packing list is acceptable here)
  • Description of freight / commodity
  • Total cargo weight

Please also list:

  • Container number
  • Vessel booking number

Shipping locations need to ensure that truck drivers are given all the necessary paper work to transport cargo over the road.   Whatever commodity is being transported/shipped must be listed on the BOL.  The description of the cargo does not have to be specific and may be listed as building material, groceries, department store merchandise, etc. DOT requires this information for trucking and failure to provide it  could result in shipping delays if trucks arrive in the port without it.

This is a year round requirement however, the importance is heightened as we are in peak season and transporting heavy volumes of cargo. 

Thank you for your attention in this matter.

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