Received versus On Board Bills of Lading
Received Bill of Lading
The received bill of lading does not prove that the goods have been shipped. It only acknowledges that the goods have been received by the carrier for shipment. Therefore, the goods could be in the dock or warehouse.
On Board Bill of Lading
The on board bill of lading---shipped bill of lading---proves that the goods have been shipped, as evidenced by the pre-printed wording or the on board notation (e.g. "on board", "laden on board" or "shipped on board") on the bill of lading.