1. What is BOL on Amazon?
Bill of Lading, or BOL, is the acronym. In essence, it functions as a receipt for the products transported, including the weight, box count, number of skids, and, in some situations, a description of the goods. LTL or FTL freight almost always has one, if not always.
The terms “Bill of Lading” and “Proof of Delivery” are interchangeable. Evidence that your things have arrived where they should have in the time range you were originally given, giving you peace of mind. You might consider it to be your delivery receipt.
2. Why BOL is necessary
The BOL is used for:
- Tracking: If the master bill of lading number is listed on the BOL (more on that later), it can be used to trace shipments. On the BOL, other tracking identifiers, such as container numbers, are frequently noted.
- Payment: During the Letter of Credit (L/C) process, one of the important documents supplied is the bill of lading.
- Claims: When submitting a claim for missing or damaged inventory, the BOL is required.
- Insurance liability: Even though a freight forwarder does not handle the freight, they may still be responsible for any damage if a bill of lading has been issued in their name.
3. What Is The Wait Time for BOL?
Within 24 hours of the pickup date and time, the BOL will be generated. When the BOL is ready, we’ll send you an email. Amazon completes FBA sellers’ routing requests. The BOL will be accessible for download in an email that you should get some time tomorrow.
You can trace your cargo by the freight number on your bill of lading for shipments that are less than truckload (LTL) and full truckload (FTL) with an Amazon-partnered carrier (BOL). The morning of the day of your pickup, the BOL generated by Amazon becomes accessible.
- From where do we get the BOL?
- Amazon Generated BOL:
- BOL submission
When our items are listed as missing compared to what we shipped, as well as when extra units were shipped or unexpected items appeared in inventory, we submit the BOL to Amazon for the reconciliation process. We can also submit the BOL for the discrepancy of our items in the reconcile section of the shipments.
The “pop up” of submit request appears when we select “Preview your request,” and when we do, they automatically create a case for you. You can view the results of the reconciliation there and receive updates, and they will respond to you via email as well as on the case that Amazon automatically created when you submitted the BOL to it in the reconcile section.
Your Amazon Shipments: How to Reconcile
- Log in to Amazon Seller Central
- Click Inventory>Manage FBA Shipments
- Your “Shipping Queue” will be displayed
- Click on “Shipment Name” (in blue)
- Click “Reconcile”
View Discrepancies and Request Research for more information. Three outcomes are conceivable:
You will see the message “Your shipment has been received in full to your inventory and no discrepancies have been detected” if shipped equals located in the “Located” column.
You must select an option from the selection under “Action Required” if shipped does not equal found in the “Located column.” choose “Missing – Please Research” if the quantity sent exceeds the quantity found.
please choose “Unexpected – Please Research” if the shipment is less than where it is supposed to be.
When you ask Seller Central to do research, you will get a confirmation email with the subject line “Missing Item from Inbound (shipment number).” I’ve never needed to follow up with SC because they’ve always taken care of the inventory issue on their own, but I do keep the emails in Evernote until it’s fixed. I remove the email once the issue has been handled. This Evernote folder has a timer to remind me to check it, which I do every three weeks.
Please take note that you must present evidence of purchase from your supplier as soon as feasible for high-value shipments or shipments lasting more than 60 days.