Are there any public sources for ocean bill of lading data?

An ocean bill of lading is a document required for the transportation of goods overseas. It serves as both the carrier's receipt to the shipper and as a collection document. It specifies the details of the goods being transported, such as quantity, type and destination.

asked 24 Jan '11, 16:51

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What are you looking to do with the data? (Maybe you could clarify this in the question, e,g, with a use case/rationale?)

UK Trade Info has data relating to UK imports and exports.


answered 29 Jan '11, 13:11

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edited 29 Jan '11, 13:13

Does HMRC hold bill of lading data, or the equivalent? The UK Trade Info website doesn't mention bill of lading - nothing obvious on the HMRC website either.

Initially I'd match each shipper's name to a registered company, and release that under the Open Database License for further reuse. Secondary uses may include: - determining supply chain relationships between companies - estimating carbon cost of supply chains

(31 Jan '11, 14:44) delineator

Have you looked at JoC PIERS service? They glean the important info from US import export forms.


answered 08 Feb '11, 13:49

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With a link a definite +1 :) Also is the data open? Even if not is the data pay-for or free (for some amount)?

(08 Feb '11, 14:59) rgrp ♦♦
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