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Bills of Lading: Ocean and Intermodal

T21u – Ocean and Intermodal Bills of Lading Online Training


Study Time (Hrs)


CE Credits (CCS & CES)


NOTE: You will be prompted to Register if you have not already done so. If you already have a login, please click “Proceed to Enrollment” on the next screen.

This class is intended for ocean freight forwarders and shipping companies who prepare their own bill of lading “instructions” or otherwise need an in-depth understanding of the operation of bills of lading. It includes information on US government regulations affecting the preparation of ocean and intermodal bills of lading, attributes common to any contract of carriage, issues and procedures particular to ocean contracts of carriage, types of bills of lading, forms of consignment, and a field-by-field examination of the information placed into an ocean/intermodal bill of lading.


Once you finish this course, a printable Certificate of Completion will be available for download. The course can be completed in 20.25 hours or less and earns NCBFAA-registered students 20 CCS/CES continuing education credits.

  • Introduction to Contracts of Carriage
  • Functions of a Transportation Document (U.S.)
  • Preparation of Ocean/Intermodal “B/L Instructions”
  • B/L Terms, Format & Usage
  • Forms of Consignment for a Negotiable B/L; Endorsement
  • Endorsement Procedures and Carrier Delivery Concerns with Negotiable B/Ls
  • “Straight” Bills of Lading; Dealing with Lost “Originals”
  • Express Bills of Ladings and Electronic “Consignment Notes”
  • Preparing B/L Instructions to an Ocean/Intermodal Carrier
  • Place of Cargo Acceptance; Rate Basis
  • Letter of Credit Requirements on a Bill of Lading; Form of Consignment
  • Important Dates in the Issuance of an Ocean/Intermodal B/L
  • Freight Prepaid or Collect; Additional B/L Instruction Issues
  • Parties Involved with Shipment
  • Transportation Points/Carriers
  • Cargo Marks, Packages, Weight and Freight Charges
  • Cargo Description; As-needed Dangerous Goods and L/C
  • Additional Information Sometimes Needed in Cargo Description Block
  • Click here to view a detailed class syllabus

For those who are already a Certified Customs Specialist (CCS) or a Certified Export Specialist (CES) registered with the NCBFAA, provide us with your CCS/CES ID number and you will automatically get continuing education credits upon the successful completion of a qualified course. To get your CE credits, follow these easy steps:


  1. Register for DB Schenker online training (if you haven’t already done so)
  2. Login with your user name and password, and you will be directed to your “My Page” section.
  3. Select “Update user record” on the right, enter your CCS or CES number in the “NCBFAA ID” field, and click Submit Update.

That’s it! Once you’re signed up, we’ll automatically send any CE credits you earn directly to the NCBFAA!

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