How to Determine Date of Shipment on a Sea Waybill?

Determining date of shipment on a sea waybill according to the letter of credit rules.


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 Non-Negotiable Sea Waybill.

  • In the first scenario we will face a situation where Non-Negotiable Sea Waybill does not contain any date of shipped on board notation.
  • In the second scenario we will be having a Non-Negotiable Sea Waybill which contains a dated shipped on board notation.

Option 1 => No shipped on board notation exists on the Non-Negotiable Sea Waybill:

  • The date of issuance of the Non-Negotiable Sea Waybill will be deemed to be the date of shipment.

Option 2=> Non-Negotiable Sea Waybill indicates, by stamp or notation, a date of shipped on board:

  • Date of shipped on board notation/stamp => this date will be deemed to be the date of shipment

Example: On the below figure you can see a shipped on board notation which is located on the bottom of a Non-Negotiable Sea Waybill.

As there is a dated on board notation exists on the Non-Negotiable Sea Waybill, date of shipment will be deemed to be this shipped on board notation date which is 30.December.2012.

date of shipment on sea waybill

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