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Multimodal Wednesday:LTL BOLs

Multimodal Wednesday:LTL BOLs


  • A BOL (Bill of Lading) serves as the legal binding contract between the carrier and SunteckTTS
  • It provides all the details needed for a carrier to process and invoice a shipment
  • If incorrect shipment or billing information is provided at the time of pick up you will incur additional charges
  • Every carrier has their own set of specific charges for each instance
  • When a BOL is given to any carrier without a class or National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC) number, they will defer to their default or “courtesy” class/NMFC number based on their individual Rules Tariff
  • Corrected BOLs can be sent to every carrier, and we can request carriers re-rate our invoices based on the Corrected BOL, but there are no legal means of making the carrier re-rate based on the original BOL given at the time of P/U
  • Fees will apply for a corrected BOL (CBOL) based on the carriers individual Rules Tariff
  • Carriers have the option to charge for services provided based on their Rules Tariff up to 180 days after the fact and they are protected by the U.S. Government
  • Don’t forget we will always have the option to dispute, even on a late charge
  • If the carrier does not submit their “balance due” bill(s) within 180 days, we have a legal right to refuse payment

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Please see below for the entire law:
U.S. Government Publishing Office
United States Code, 2006 Edition, Supplement 3, Title 49 – TRANSPORTATION
(3)Billing disputes.—
(A)Initiated by motor carriers.—
In those cases where a motor carrier (other than a motor carrier providing transportation of household goods or in noncontiguous domestic trade) seeks to collect charges in addition to those billed and collected which are contested by the payor, the carrier may request that the Board determine whether any additional charges over those billed and collected must be paid. A carrier must issue any bill for charges in addition to those originally billed within 180 days of the receipt of the original bill in order to have the right to collect such charges.
(B)Initiated by shippers.—
If a shipper seeks to contest the charges originally billed or additional charges subsequently billed, the shipper may request that the Board determine whether the charges billed must be paid. A shipper must contest the original bill or subsequent bill within 180 days of receipt of the bill in order to have the right to contest such charges.