Blind Shipment Definition
A blind shipment is a scenario whereby the freight receiver (consignee) involved in a shipment is not aware of whom the seller or the shipper is. There are cases when the distributor might need to directly get the cargo to the retailer without going through additional distribution channels. To meet this goal, the distributor will request a blind shipment.
What is a Blind Shipment?
A blind shipment is simply a way of hiding if an item or product was transported from third-party vendors. Information about the third-party vendor is usually eliminated from the shipping label. The seller's information is inserted in its place. This makes the client "blind" concerning where the shipment is coming from.
In most cases, blind shipments are requested by distributors who need their suppliers, importers or manufacturers, to drop cargo directly to their clients. A customer who orders a shipment from such a distributor assumes that the product is coming directly from the distributor, versus a third-party shipper or manufacturer.
There are instances when the distributor's information is omitted on the bill of lading. In other cases, the bill of lading will depict the distributor's name as the shipper.
Are There Any Restrictions With Blind Shipments?
Yes. Usually, a carrier would place restrictions on a blind shipment to bill correctly. In such a scenario, the carrier will acknowledge businesses' false names with incorrect phone numbers and addresses. However, the zip and city codes must always be aligned with that of the actual business.
There are, however, other carriers who may choose to accept the shipment when the zip code matches the business. Some carriers allow for the full contact and address information to be incorrect. All the requirements necessary for a blind shipment to go through are dependent on the carrier. It is, therefore, crucial to consult with your carrier first before sending a blind shipment.
How Do I Make a Blind Shipment?
The first step involves creating two separate bills of lading. The first will be given to the shipper during transportation, and the carrier will use the second at the point of delivery. When the shipper is the blind party, the bill of lading will be indicated as the "dummy" or "blind" BOL. The second one will be indicated as the "real" BOL.
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