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Documentation in Multimodal Transport

Documentation in Multimodal Transport

Form of Multimodal Transport Documents

  • House Multimodal Transport Bill of Lading 
  • FIATA Multimodal Transport Document 
  • Sea Waybill 
  • Air Waybill 
  • e- Bill of Lading
  • Memo Bill of Lading for cross trade shipment.
  • Documents Received from Customer
  • FIATA Forwarding Instructions- FIATA FFI or SI
    • These are freight forwarding instructions that concentrate all instructions given by the customer to the freight forwarder to one document. 
    • Freight Forwarders mostly design and print their own forwarding instructions forms which have to be filled in by their clients. 
      1. FIATA Shipper’s Declaration for the Transport of Dangerous Goods –FIATA SDT
      2. Forwarder’s Certificate of Receipt-FIATA FCR
      3. FIATA Multimodal Bill of Lading-FIATAMTB/L
      4. FIATA Warehouse Receipt-FWR

Ocean Bill of Lading or Original Bill of Lading

  • An original bill of lading (OBL) is a contract of carriage that serves as a title of the cargo and confirms the carrier’s receipt of the cargo. 
  • When an original bill of lading is issued, one or two other identical original bills of lading are also printed, and all two or three original bills of lading are issued together as one contract of carriage. 


Types of Ocean Bill of Lading

a) Straight (non-negotiable) Bill of Lading

b) Shipper’s Order (negotiable) Bill of Lading

c) Clean Bill of Lading

d) On Board Bill of Lading

Learning Activities

You are a qualified freight forwarder after attaining the EACFFPC, you have been given the mandate to handle all exports in the company you work. You have been contacted by a customer who has unloaded teak logs in Masaka Uganda, and he wants you to organise his cargo for shipment to China, clients wants you to deliver door-to-door you are required to pick a container and truck it to the client’s premises for stuffing, truck the FCL to the port of loading Dar es salaam where it will take an ocean vessel to Shanghai, the client tells you the importer advised him he has a rail siding to his factory where final delivery will be made.


  1. Explain the customer the step by step process of how you execute the contract
  2. Explain the key consideration of the modes of transport you will use truck, vessel and rail
  3. Explain in details all the multi modal documents and other related documents you will need to successfully deliver the cargo on time.
  4. Explain the role of each party involved in this transport contract.
  5. Explain the multimodal transport infrastructure needed for this kind of combined transportation


  1. Explain the role of an NVOCC as a provider of logistics and multi-modal transport services, and describe – with examples – the services they provide.
  2. What are the advantages and disadvantages to the exporter and importer of using an NVOCC, rather than contracting directly with ocean carriers?
  3. Explain the full range of documents used in multi modal transport
  4. Identify and explain the roles of the key parties in multimodal transport operations
  5. Explain the different types of multimodal operations involving at least seven (7) different combinations.