United Parcel Service (UPS) uses a bill of lading as a contract between a shipper and a consignee. The bill of lading includes specific information about the two parties involved, how payment is being handled and a description of what is being shipped. A bill of lading acts as a receipt signed by the consignee, confirming the delivery of goods and the condition they are in. Several different types of bill of lading forms are available from UPS.
Select the appropriate type of bill of lading form to fill out. A VICS bill of lading is a standard type bill of lading used by U.S. retailers. A truckload bill of lading is often used for large shipments. A U.S. Government bill of lading is used when a government office is shipping goods. A UPS freight bill of lading form for Mexico is used for shipments between Mexico and the United States and requires a customs broker. A UPS freight trade show bill of lading is used for exhibition materials. A standard freight bill of lading is used when no other bill of lading applies to the shipment.
Download and print the appropriate bill of lading for free from the UPS Freight website (upsfreight.com). The VICS bill of lading can be downloaded from the VICS website (vics.org).
Complete the bill of lading form, which requires information about the consignee, the shipper, how freight charges are being paid and details about the specific goods being shipped.
Provide the completed bill of lading form to UPS when you are ready to ship your goods. UPS will deliver the bill of lading and request a signature from the consignee at the time of delivery.