At CargoMaster we often get asked about documentation and what is required to meet customs requirements at the destination country. Lets say you are exporting your goods from Australia to an overseas country and that your container is loaded with personal effects.Most countries have similiar requirements in relation to personal effects and household goods. The minimum documentation you will need to present to your customs broker will be a packing list and Seaway Bill or Bill Of Lading, these documents are normally prepared by your forwarding agent in Australia.
There are many different types of documents required and it will depend on the country your are exporting too and the goods that you are exporting.
When shipping internationally all cargo miust have documentation, poor preparation of documentation could cost you extra money in fees and charges at the destination port,thats why hundreds of Australian exporters choose CargoMaster ,with over 20 years experience CargoMaster knows what documentation is required to be presented in most countries around the world, meaning clients cargo moves quickly, safely and cost effectively.
IMPORTANT SHIPPING DOCUMENTATION:
- Pro Forma Invoice. A Pro Forma invoice describes the cargo and the value of the goods, it also notes the buyer and seller, date and any other important information.
- Commercial Invoice. The commercial invoice is represents a BILL OF SALE and offers extra information in relation to the exported goods.
- Certificate of Origin. Is a declaration stating where the goods were manufactured.
- Shipper’s Letter of Instruction (SLI). Normally sent to you to complete, the shippers letter of instruction is offers details about how the goods will be transported and where from and too. Your freight forwarder in Australia will normally send you a SLI to complete.
- Packing List. Essential with all international freight, the packing list describes the goods, it also provides details about how many pieces and the size and weight of your cargo too.
- Bill of Lading. Is normally given to you upon the vessel departing Australia ,it offers evidence as to the ownership of the goods and information about the transportation.
- Airway Bill. For Air Freight, same basic purpose as a Bill Of Lading.
- Dangerous Goods Certificate. This is a required document if the exported shipment is carrying products considered as dangerous goods.
- Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS). MSDS Documentation, has information in relation to HAZ cargo, only needed when you are shipping HAZ Goods.
- Export License. This is a government document that grants permission to conduct certain export transactions.
- Import License. This is a government document required to import goods in certain countries.