The Purpose and Importance of a Bill of Lading

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Perry Mandera, a successful executive with more than four decades of experience in the transportation industry, handles sales operations and business development at The Custom Companies, Inc. To ensure his customers receive high-quality services with ease, Perry Mandera and his company offer several online features, such as an electronic bill of lading.

Also known as a BoL or B/L, a bill of lading is an important part of the shipping chain. Most BoL documents serve three main purposes: evidence of a contract of carriage, a receipt of goods, and a document title to the goods.

Since BoLs are a contract of carriage, they are legally significant. They can be used in various litigation concerns regarding shipping, and they ensure carriers process cargo in accordance with a seller’s parameters. When a BoL is filled out incorrectly, carriers may be open to criminal prosecution.

As a receipt of goods, BoLs prove to sellers that a carrier has received the cargo being shipped. The document also proves that the cargo was received in good condition. This can be important if buyers receive damaged products, because sellers can determine whether the issue was with the manufacturing or the carrier.

Finally, BoLs grant holders the title to the goods transported. With an accurate BoL, holders are allowed to transfer the rights to claim and transport the cargo to another party. In some cases, this power may be helpful in negotiations. Carriers can retain the BoL until they have been paid in full for their services, or they may transfer rights to a third party during transit to ensure smooth delivery.

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Expedited Intermodal Transportation Solutions

 

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Based in Chicago, Perry Mandera leads The Custom Companies, Inc., which provides a host of transportation solutions across North America. Perry Mandera’s company often emphasizes an intermodal approach that is particularly suitable for clients operating within tight budgets.

The most cost-effective way of shipping truckloads, intermodal shipping involves moving cargo in specially made containers that are transported on trains. The firm maintains partnerships with well-established rail service providers such as US Xpress, Schneider National, and Union Pacific Streamline. This approach enables flexible solutions, with 20-foot containers that can hold up to 37,000 pounds of freight and 48 to 53-foot containers that can handle 43,000 pounds.

Among the products that can be shipped through intermodal are various types of food, machinery, and hazardous materials. All moving containers are tracked in real time, with providers offering long-term and spot rates folded within new and ongoing projects.

One of the expedited shipping options offered by the firm through CDN Logistics are “rail-ready” CDNZ trailers, which shorten delivery times and avoid the bottlenecks that can occur with over-the-road truckloads. As one example, the company offers three-day intermodal service between Los Angeles and Chicago, in both directions.

Benefits of Choosing The Custom Companies, Inc.

 

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The Custom Companies, Inc
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A longtime Chicago entrepreneur, Perry Mandera has served as president of The Custom Companies, Inc., for more than three decades. Over that time period, Perry Mandera has built his company into a leading provider of transportation and logistics services.

There are many qualities that separate The Custom Companies, Inc., from the competition. For starters, the company offers transit services that consistently rank among the fastest in its region and nationwide. It is able to do this by having control over the entirety of the logistics chain, controlling its own direct line services, and minimizing the amount of time a shipment is handled, which in turn lowers the number of potential situations that can hold up a shipment between its origin and destination, making the overall trip faster.

In addition to its domestic services, The Custom Companies, Inc., also offers service to Canada, transporting items every week. The company is qualified to handle all the paperwork involved in these transactions, including providing a Certificate of Origin, Commercial Invoice, and North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) documentation.

Custom Companies Expands to Include Choice Direct Logistics

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The Custom Companies, Inc
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Perry Mandera is the founder and president of The Custom Companies, Inc., a transportation solutions firm in Northlake, Illinois, that operates over 2,000 pieces of equipment nationwide. Under Perry Mandera’s leadership, The Custom Companies controls a number of successful expansions, including Choice Direct Logistics.

Choice Direct’s offerings serve direct-mail needs and capitalize on The Custom Companies’ 26 years of experience in innovation, using technologies and services previously unseen in the industry that enhance in-home control. Choice Direct also has more than 500,000 square feet of warehouse space in Chicago and Los Angeles, has direct airline and rail contracts, and has access to major processing and distribution sites of the US Postal Service (USPS), including sectional center and auxiliary service facilities as well as network distribution centers.

Authorized by the USPS, Choice Direct offers drop-shipment management systems (DSMS) with complete client visibility. Additionally, USPS authorization enables Choice Direct to deliver co-palletization services that improve home delivery and decrease client costs by combining mail trays from multiple shippers.