What is MBL (Master Bill of Lading)?
What is the meaning of MBL?
MBL refers to the "Master Bill of Lading". A Master Bill of Lading is the contract of carriage between the shipper and the carrier issued by the carrier/shipowner/ operator and represents. Briefly, it is a receipt of the transfer.
What is MBL used for?
You can use your Master Bill of Lading to track your shipments. Tracking with MBL is a really effortless process. All you need to do is to open a free trial account, this link will directly take you to the account creation page. https://www.shipsgo.com/shipsgo-pricing-calculator/buy/freight-forwarder-popular/100?actiontype=sign-up. After you confirm your account you are going to have 5 free credits and you can use them for 5 times to track your shipment with Master BL.
MBL can contain more than one container. If you would like to track only the container that you enter in the “MBL Container Number” box and are not interested in any information about other containers please enter “1” in “BL Container Count”. In this way, you are going to receive status information of only this "1" container even if there are, for instance, 8 containers in BL.
You have Master BL and this BL contains 3 containers but you want to track one of them ( let say it is CXDU1373205 ) with the BL option
Then, in this case, you are going to fill the boxes as follows;
Carrier: Maersk Line
Shipment References: My One Container
BL container Number: CXDU1373205
BL Container Count: 1
BL number: ZIMUTRG10022172
Another important detail is that please be sure that your BL is Master Bill of Lading. The system does not accept the House Bill of Lading i.e., Forwarder Bill of Lading.