The Difference Between Freight Release and Telex Release
If you’ve ever shipped cargo, you’re already familiar with the term bill of lading. It’s essentially a contract between you, the shipper, and the freight carrier to move goods from one destination to another. It also serves as a receipt for the cargo and often acts as proof of ownership.
But to collect those goods, you must have a release. This release comes in one of two forms: freight release or telex release.
A freight release is an endorsement on a bill of lading. It states that the freight charges for the cargo have been paid and the goods can be released on arrival. If not on the bill of lading, you’ll then receive the freight release as a separate document. It serves the same purpose and should be presented at the pier to release your goods.
A telex release is another form of endorsement used to release your cargo. But it’s usually only issued when the original bill of lading isn’t sent with the actual shipment — or at least doesn’t arrive at the discharge port with the carrier.
The following circumstances could require a telex release:
Simply put, the release — be it freight or telex — provides instructions from the port of loading to the port of discharge on how to release the cargo. If you’d like to learn more about freight or telex release, please feel free to contact us today. We’d be more than happy to answer your questions.