You have goods that you need to ship internationally , and you want to make sure you have the proper shipping documents so that your items arrive as quickly as possible at their destination.

Even overlooking a single document can cause delays in your shipping times. Check that you have the following shipping documents correctly prepared for your international shipments.

Commercial or Proforma Invoices

You’ll hear the terms commercial invoice and proforma invoice used interchangeably, but they both refer to the preliminary bill of sale. The preliminary bill of sale is one of the shipping documents sent before the shipment to the shipper from the shipping company; it includes the shipping weight, shipping dates, and info about the shipment.

Bill of Lading

The bill of lading (BOL) specifies how the goods are being transported and the route that they’re taking. It also serves as a contract between the shipper and freight company.

Packing List

A packing list is a detailed document that specifies what items are inside the shipment, the quantity, dimensions, and size of each item, and where the cargo is going.

You need a packing list for each container that you’re shipping.

Shipper’s Letter of Instructions

The shipper’s letter of instructions (SLI) serves as instructions that accompany the BOL. It provides the name and address of the consignor and shipper, the cargo’s destination, and a description of the goods in the shipment.

An SLI can also give a freight forwarder authority to act on your behalf regarding shipping matters.

Automated Export System Filing

An automated export system (AES) filing is typically required for exports with a value of $2,500 or more per item. This shipping document is filed online.

Certificate of Origin

A certificate of origin (CO) certifies that your goods have been produced or manufactured in a specific country. It’s required when shipping to certain destinations to ensure your goods meet trade and cargo requirements.

International Commercial Terms

International commercial terms are rules that define the responsibilities of the buyers and sellers.

Safety Data Sheet

The safety data sheet (SDS) is a shipping document that provides information about safely handling and transporting chemicals that are potentially hazardous.

Operational Instructions

Operational instructions aren’t actual forms, but markings and labels concerning the safe handling of your shipment.

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