I am pleased to report that this installment of PARCEL Counsel marks the seventh anniversary for myself as a columnist for PARCEL magazine. On a personal note, I would like to thank all of the readers of this column for their ongoing support. And, just for the record, I would like to say that the PARCEL family — Amanda Armendariz, Editor; Marll Thiede, Publisher; as well as the other PARCEL columnists and writers — have been a great group of people to work with.

During the last seven years, I have authored 39 columns covering a legal point or development of relevance to parcel shippers. For this anniversary column, I thought I would try something different and give the readers a chance to test their knowledge about Bills of Lading. 

So, here is a pop quiz with a multiple choice question, a true or false question, and an essay question.

1. Who issues the Bill of Lading (or Airbill)?

 A. The Shipper
 B. The Carrier
 C. The Broker/Intermediary
 D. None of the above

2. The Uniform Bill of Lading is still uniformly used.

 True
 False

3. Why is this portion of the Uniform Bill of Lading nicknamed “the section 7 box”?


If this shipment is to be delivered to the consignee, without recourse on the consignor, the consignor shall sign the following statement:

The carrier may decline to make delivery of this shipment without payment of freight and all other lawful charges.
_________________(Signature of Consignor)___________________

The answers for this pop quiz will be in the next installment of PARCEL Counsel…however, if you cannot wait that long, be sure to keep an eye on your e-mail inbox to see the answers in a PARCEL e-update or exclusive e-blast. All for now!