Pole Star launches new Bill of Lading initiative

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Maritime technology company Pole Star has launched a new module called Bill of Lading Verification (BLV) as part of its PurpleTrac platform to help supply chain stakeholders access vital and time-sensitive information.

In a statement, the company said the need for transparency and security has been made ever greater by “these unprecedented times”, where remote working has increased the risk of document fraud.

it said its web-based PurpleTRAC regulatory technology application enables institutions with sanctions and risk management exposures in maritime trade to screen and track vessels and their associated ownership and management’s regulatory status  in seconds, by entering just the vessel name or IMO number.  

The release of the new BLV module will allow PurpleTRAC customers to significantly extend their sanctions risk and compliance investigations, it continued.

Credit: Pole Star

By simply entering the bill of lading number of a container shipment, PurpleTRAC will confirm whether this is a recognised asset within the database of carriers currently supported and then provide a list of all the vessels involved in the delivery of this BL, all ports visited, and all carriers involved in the transaction according to Pole Star. 

At this point, the relevant vessels will pass through PurpleTRAC’s unique vessel screening capability to ensure they meet their specific sanctions compliance requirements.

All Bill of Lading searches will be recorded and saved to allow our users to trace and prove their due diligence steps. 

A BL is a legal document issued by a carrier to a shipper that details the type and destination of the goods being carried and serves as proof of ownership and as a  shipment receipt when the carrier delivers the goods.

When it comes to container cargo logistics, the BL proves that the carrier has received the freight as described and is obligated to deliver that freight in accordance with their transit terms and conditions.

For carriers, the BL is the basic document entailing their liabilities whereas for shippers, it helps in the provision of financial credit from the banks.

Financial institutions, insurance companies, shipping companies and traders all rely on transport documents – such as BLs – when making decisions. It prompts a bank to finance a trade; it convinces an insurance company to grant cover, and many more crucial decisions to ensure the smooth flow of goods.

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