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Stale Bill of Lading

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A bill of lading that is issued after the shipment has already been delivered, making it invalid.

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What is Stale Bill of Lading?

A stale bill of lading is a document used in shipping that has not been presented for payment or acceptance within a certain period of time. The exact time period can vary depending on the type of bill of lading and the terms of the shipment, but typically ranges from 30 to 90 days. After this period, the bill of lading is considered “stale” and may no longer be valid for legal or financial purposes. 

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