As with most people would probably assume in the first place, international shipping requires many official documents to be authorized and registered. The list below is by no means complete, but it should give you an idea of what kind of documentation you will need in order to successfully ship your goods or allegongations internationally. The first document, and also the most common, needed for international shipping is the Export Cargo Shipping Instruction. This is a basic and simple document which informs the shipping company that you are asking them to ship you belongings abroad. It will also list in great detail all the items that will be in your shipment. It usually completed after you have signed on with the shipping company and they have actually set an area on a ship that is scheduled to depart with your blessings. Today, many shipping companies complete this stage by verbal confirmation over the telephone or even by email.
Depending on what you plan to ship, you may need some other documents, such as:
- Dangerous Goods Note – A Dangerous Goods Note, or also called the DGN , is needed if the goods you are shipping are of a hazardous nature. The DGN will describe in very descriptive detail what the hazardous items are, what dangers they may be susceptible to once in transportation, and how best to transport them in a efficient and safe manner.
- Standard Shipping Note – A Standard Shipping Note, also called the SSN , is issued for good that are not hazardous, but still need special treatment since they may be fragile of easily effected by electric shocks or pulses. The shipping company will need to know how best to handle the items, such as how to properly load and unload them.
- Bill of Lading -The Bill of Lading is issued by the company which will actually be doing the international shipping. There are three reasons why the bill of lading is important; it proves that the actual shipping company has received and taken possession of the items being shipped, it is used as proof that there is an agreement between all the parties involved, and it is a title document for the goods. Although if one were to actually look at actual Bill of Lading document he would find some parts of it a bit out of date and irrelevant. The document was created when international shipping companies would use sailboats to transport merchandise, which was long before steam ships were ever injected.
- The Sea Waybill – The Sea Waybill is more or less like the Bill of Lading, except it does not contain conditions for the appropriation of title to the goods. This, incidentally, makes the document much faster, easier, and more popular to use. It is most often used when parties on both sides, buyers and sellers, are very well acquainted and have developed a trusting business relationship. It is also used when the owner of the goods does not change, such as with expats moving to new countries.