FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is Master or House BOL data more useful in my analysis?
The “House” bill of lading is issued to the shipper by the NVOCC/freight forwarder, whereas the “Master” bill of lading is issued to the NVOCC/freight forwarder by the shipping line (carrier).
The “House” bill best suits your needs when you are interested in tracking specific company transactions, since it will usually provide the company names of both U.S. importer and foreign shipper. In contract, the “Master” bill identifies the logistic services providers.
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