Proper documentation is essential for successful international shipping, as it helps to ensure that shipments are cleared through customs and delivered to their intended destinations in a timely and efficient manner. Each country has its own unique documentation requirements for inbound shipments, and it is important to be familiar with these requirements in order to avoid delays or other issues.
At our company, we offer expert guidance and assistance with documentation to ensure that our customers’ shipments are properly prepared and processed. Some of the key documents that are typically required for international shipping include the following:
- A Bill of Lading (BOL) or Shipper’s Letter of Instruction (SLI): This document is issued by the carrier and serves as a contract between the shipper and the carrier, outlining the terms and conditions of the shipment. It also serves as a receipt for the goods being shipped.
- A commercial invoice: This document provides detailed information about the goods being shipped, including the quantity, value, and origin of the goods. It is typically required for customs clearance purposes.
- A packing list: This document provides a detailed list of the items being shipped, including the quantity and weight of each item. It is often used in conjunction with commercial invoices to help with customs clearance.
- A certificate of origin: This document is used to certify the country of origin of the goods being shipped. It is often required by customs officials in order to determine the applicable tariffs and duties.
In addition to these documents, there may be other documentation requirements depending on the specific circumstances of the shipment. Our team of experts is well-versed in the documentation requirements for various countries and can provide expert guidance to ensure that our customers have all the necessary documentation for their shipments.