How to Determine Date of Shipment on a Road Transport Document?

Determining date of shipment on a road transport document according to the letter of credit rules.

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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.

Date of shipment can be determined in two ways on a Road Transport Document.

  • In the first scenario we will face a situation where road transport document does not contain any date of receipt or a date of shipment notation.
  • In the second scenario we will be having a road transport document which contains a date of receipt or a date of shipment notation.

Option 1 => There is no notation of a date of receipt or a date of shipment on the Road Transport Document:

  • The date of issuance of the road transport document will be deemed to be the date of shipment.

Option 2=> Road transport document indicates, by notation, a date of receipt or a date of shipment:

  • Date of receipt notation/stamp => this date will be deemed to be the date of shipment.
  • Date of shipment notation/stamp => this date will be deemed to be the date of shipment.