Clean Bill of Lading Law and Legal Definition

A clean bill of lading a bill of lading that is free from any adverse remarks or notations. The shipping company indicates in the bill of lading that the goods have been received by the ship in the expected condition, packaging and quality. A bill of lading is not considered to be clean if there are any notations on the bill of lading with regard to the poor or flawed condition of any of the cargo. Importers and their banks usually insist on a clean bill of lading for payment under a letter of credit.