Difference between the Original Bill of Lading, Telex Release and Express Release
When an international maritime import or export is carried out, the shipping lines emit the Bill of Lading (BL) or boarding pass.
The Bill of Lading is the document that confirms that the merchandise is sent from an exporter to an importer has been shipped with the carriage X. When an import or export is carried out, the BL can be a physical paper document called Bill of Lading or a copy of the original virtually (Telex Release).
The exporter must send the BL’s to the importer with the choice of using the original one or the Telex Release, usually depending on whether the provider trusts or not that the client will have the secured payment.
The difference is that if the original is made, you will need to have it in hand to be able to turn the merchandise in, so there will be a shipping cost of international documentation, which can normally be negotiated between both parties. However, if it is the Telex Release you are using, an original BL will be generated, although the copy will be enough for the goods to be delivered.
In the case of the Express Release, the original physical document does not exist, so you not only save the shipping costs, but also the derivatives of its generation. This option is the fastest and the one that avoids costs the most, although is only recommended for shippers and consignees who have total confidence; normally they tend to be subsidiaries of the same company. The reason is that the protection for a shipper that ships with Express Release is much lower than with the other options.