FIATA Bill of Lading (FBL) OCR & data capture 

Enhance the effectiveness of your organization with Optical Character Recognition (OCR) and data extraction. Process FBLs safely and quickly with Klippa. Powered by machine learning.

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What we can do with FIATA Bill of Ladings

Our machine learning technology can automate many business processes requiring FBLs via our APIs and SDKs.
Upload and FBL recognition
Format Conversion and Improving Scan Quality
Image for text and JSON with OCR
Extracting data from FBLs
Classification of FBLs
Validation (cross) of FBL data
Regulatory Compliance Checks
Optimization of Workflows

FIATA Bill of Lading data extraction

An image speaks more than a thousand words. Below is an example of the three steps our OCR engine takes to automatically extract FBLs from documents.

Uploading FBL to the API

The first step is to provide an image or a PDF file of a FIATA Bill of Lading to our API. This is usually done from a mobile app or web app. The document can be sent cropped or not (with background). If the scan is sent without cropping, the Klippa API will automatically crop the document. The Klippa FBL Scanning SDK can also be used in mobile apps.

Image to text using OCR

As soon as a picture or PDF has been received, each page is converted to a TXT file. In this step all the text from the document is extracted, but it is not yet structured.

Getting JSON output from the API

The Klippa Parser takes the TXT gained from the OCR in step 2 and converts it into structured JSON using machine learning. The JSON is then returned as output from the API. From here the FBL can easily be processed into your database. 

Whether you are processing FIATA Bills of Lading for transportation, freight forwarding or international shipping, Klippa is here to help.
Reduce cost
Spend less on processing FBLs by using Klippa.
Improve speed
Process FBLs automatically within seconds. Perfect for the logistics and transportation sector.
Reduce errors
Prevent manual data entry errors with high quality data extraction on FBLs.
Prevent fraud
Automatically recognize errors, duplicates and fraud.
What FBL fields are extracted?
In general, all data fields from FBLs can be extracted. To give you an idea, we listed some examples below. The extracted data fields can be customized for each customer. Additional fields can be extracted on request.
FBL number
Carrier name
Trailer number
Serial numbers
Name and address of the receiver
Name and address of the shipper
Invoice numbers
Pickup date
Number of products
Weight and dimension of the products
Packaging details
Any notes or instructions for the carrier
And many more fields
Find duplicates via image hashing
Identify fraudulent documents via crosschecks
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Frequently Asked Questions

What does FIATA Bill of Lading OCR cost?
The pricing structure for Klippa FBL capturing depends on the amount of fields and the document volume. Both pay per use and monthly licenses are available. Get in contact with our product specialists to get an exact quote.
What kind of clients are using Klippa?
Klippa’s engine extracts as much data as possible from FIATA Bills of Lading via OCR and machine learning. We support many different types of clients, because our engine is so versatile. 

It is most commonly used by clients in the logistics, customs and transportation sector.
What languages does Klippa support?
All European languages are supported. Our engine performs best on FBLs in English, Dutch, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Italian, Portuguese, English Spanish, German, Hebrew and French. Other languages can be supported on request, we’d just need to train our machine learning models.
Is Klippa FBL capturing GDPR-compliant?
All the services that Klippa offers are fully GDPR-compliant. By default, we use ISO-certified servers within the European Union for processing. If you are not located within the EU, we can also set up servers in a region of choice. 

Next to that, a data processor agreement is in place. We do not store any of your or your customers’ data after processing.
Can Klippa convert FIATA Bills of Lading to CSV, XLSX, XML or JSON?
Yes we can. Klippa takes pictures of FBLs, or their PDF equivalents, and converts them to readable text using OCR. From there we use machine learning to turn the text into structured data. Most of the time we use JSON for this, but depending on your preferences we can also convert FBLs to CSV, XLSX or XML.
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What is a FIATA Bill of Lading?

A FIATA Bill of Lading (FBL) is a shipping contract issued by the “Fédération Internationale des Associations de Transitaires et Assimilés” (International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations).

It serves as proof that goods have been carried with the use of more than one mode of transportation. It also determines the responsibilities of the freight forwarder.

FBLs may be printed and issued only by associations or members authorized by FIATA, which ensures the security of the bill of lading. As such, the FBL is recognized as a document of tradition and trust.

Did you know that apart from FBLs, Klippa OCR can scan other types of logistic documents, such as bills of lading, certificates of inspection, certificates of origin, and many more? Contact us for more information.