There is an incredible amount of paperwork involved in shipping freight.
A breakdown of nine of the most important documents can be found here, but it's worth familiarizing yourself with the three that pop up most often.
- Commercial Invoice - This is the passport of your shipment and will be provided by your factory. This needs to have your company name, quantity & description of goods, and the shipment value in USD.
- Packing List - This describes the volume, weight and number of boxes of your shipment. It's preferable to have in order to give the freight forwarder an idea of what your shipment contains.
- Power of Attorney - This will need to be signed for your customs broker to act on your behalf in submitting the goods for classification.
We recommend having all the paperwork ready in advance to avoid delays (and possible extra storage charges).