The original bill of lading refers to the bill of lading that can be used to pay for the goods and pick up the goods to the destination port shipping company or its agent. It has three functions of receipt certificate, transportation cooperation and property right certificate.
The original bill of lading is sometimes marked with the word "Original", and the carrier is officially signed and sealed on the bill of lading with the date of issuance. The original bill of lading is generally in triplicate, but also in duplicate, quadruple and quintuple, so that the shipper may lose one of the bills of lading, and the other bills of lading can be used to pick up the goods. After one of the bills of lading is completed, the remaining copies will automatically become invalid.