SWITCH BILL OF LADING (SBL)
The second set of bill of lading which might be issued by the carrier or their agent in case of “substituting” or “in exchange of” the first set of bill of lading originally issued when the shipment was effected, is called A Switch Bill of Lading. Generally, customers require this document in four different situations:
• When the original conditions have been changed;
• When the seller is reluctant about revealing the actual name of exporter to the consignee in case the consignee has set up strike to deal directly with the exporter;
• cargo has been resold and the port accordingly has changed;
• The seller doesn’t tend to know the buyer to know the actual country of origin of the cargo, therefore he requests some other port to be shown as the one the cargo was loaded from.