How to determine date of shipment on an Air Transport Document? 
Date of shipment can be determined in two ways on a Air Transport Document. In the first scenario we will face a situation where Air Transport Document does not contain any specific notation of the actual date of shipment. In the second scenario we will be having a bill of lading which contains an actual date of shipment notation. 

 
































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Date of shipment is one of the key definitions in a letter of credit transaction. It is used to determine 
  • whether shipment made on time or not (in other words a late shipment has been effected or not)
  • whether documents presented within the presentation period or not (in other words a late presentation has been effected or not)
  • maturity date of the time draft
  • maturity date of a deferred payment letter of credit.
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Option 1 => There is no notation of the actual date of shipment exists on the Air Transport Document:
The date of issuance of the Air Transport Document will be deemed to be the date of shipment. 
Option 2=>Air Transport Document indicates, by notation, the actual date of shipment: Notation date will be deemed to be the date of shipment as specified below:
  • Date of the actual date of shipment notation/stamp => this date will be deemed to be the date of shipment.

On the figure which is located left side of this article, we see an air waybill with a seperate actual date of shipment notation. The date of shipment on this air waybill is 15.05.2014 as indicated on the notation.