BOL Or Shipping Paper Requirements.

Topic 21915 | Page 1

Page 1 of 1
Michael M.'s Comment
member avatar

So I just started for a company as a independent contractor. I pickup palleted freight from a warehouse and haul it back to my terminal. I was surprised when no paper work was given and my supervisor said that they are not required to have paperwork for these loads.? Hmm different from anything I have ever heard. Are there certain exemptions? This is prepackaged freight with shipping labels already tagged.


A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Old School's Comment
member avatar

Michael, we focus on helping new drivers understand how to make a good start at this career. We are not geared toward giving advice to independent contractors. I suggest you pose your question to the fine folks at OOIDA .

I do know that if you are uncomfortable doing things this way, you can easily make your own BOL for these trips. You can find some blank forms for BOL's or shipping manifests at just about any truck stop. I've used them before when I had a load but didn't receive any paperwork for it.


Bill of Lading

An accurate record of everything being shipped on a truck, often times used as a checklist during unloading.


Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association

Who They Are

OOIDA is an international trade association representing the interests of independent owner-operators and professional drivers on all issues that affect truckers. The over 150,000 members of OOIDA are men and women in all 50 states and Canada who collectively own and/or operate more than 240,000 individual heavy-duty trucks and small truck fleets.

Their Mission

The mission of OOIDA is to serve owner-operators, small fleets and professional truckers; to work for a business climate where truckers are treated equally and fairly; to promote highway safety and responsibility among all highway users; and to promote a better business climate and efficiency for all truck operators.

Michael M.'s Comment
member avatar

Thanks for the reply.. understandable to have extra BOL sheets on hand if shipping papers are missing. Aren't shipping papers required by law for every shipment? I guess that is my question, and wouldn't it be the shipper or consignee's responsibility? Seems kind of strange to do pickups without receiving paperwork while with the shipper. Loads are not locked or even sealed and it seems like a huge driver liability.


The customer the freight is being delivered to. Also referred to as "the receiver". The shipper is the customer that is shipping the goods, the consignee is the customer receiving the goods.


The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Michael M.'s Comment
member avatar

Dang.. this site says it's the carriers responsiblity.. and since I'm subcontracted, yep, it's probably on me.

PJ's Comment
member avatar

I have only ran into this once, but was told it was the carriers responsibility also. I was in the middle of no where at a quarry in AL. I took a blank piece of printer paper and wrote the quanity, description, approx. weight, who I got it from name/address, and where it was going name and address on it. We both signed it. As my luck would have it I got pulled into a GA scale and they were checking paperwork. The officer looked it over, and told me to have a nice day. It was either ok or he felt sorry for me.

Page 1 of 1

New Reply:

New! Check out our help videos for a better understanding of our forum features

Links On TruckingTruth

example: TruckingTruth Homepage

Upload New Photo
Please enter a caption of one sentence or less:

Click on any of the buttons below to insert a link to that section of TruckingTruth:

Getting Started In Trucking High Road Training Program Company-Sponsored Training Programs Apply For Company-Sponsored Training Truck Driver's Career Guide Choosing A School Choosing A Company Truck Driving Schools Truck Driving Jobs Apply For Truck Driving Jobs DOT Physical Drug Testing Items To Pack Pre-Hire Letters CDL Practice Tests Trucking Company Reviews Brett's Book Leasing A Truck Pre-Trip Inspection Learn The Logbook Rules Sleep Apnea

0 characters so far - 5,500 maximum allowed.
Submit Preview



Join Us!

We have an awesome set of tools that will help you understand the trucking industry and prepare for a great start to your trucking career. Not only that, but everything we offer here at TruckingTruth is 100% free - no strings attached! Sign up now and get instant access to our member's section:
High Road Training Program Logo
  • The High Road Training Program
  • The High Road Article Series
  • The Friendliest Trucker's Forum Ever!
  • Email Updates When New Articles Are Posted

Apply For Paid CDL Training Through TruckingTruth

Did you know you can fill out one quick form here on TruckingTruth and apply to several companies at once for paid CDL training? Seriously! The application only takes one minute. You will speak with recruiters today. There is no obligation whatsoever. Learn more and apply here:

Apply For Paid CDL Training

About Us

TruckingTruth was founded by Brett Aquila (that's me!), a 15 year truck driving veteran, in January 2007. After 15 years on the road I wanted to help people understand the trucking industry and everything that came with the career and lifestyle of an over the road trucker. We'll help you make the right choices and prepare for a great start to your trucking career.

Read More

Becoming A Truck Driver

Becoming A Truck Driver is a dream we've all pondered at some point in our lives. We've all wondered if the adventure and challenges of life on the open road would suit us better than the ordinary day to day lives we've always known. At TruckingTruth we'll help you decide if trucking is right for you and help you get your career off to a great start.

Learn More