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Shipping documents in Ocean freight from the USA

In respect of international cargo transportation from the U.S. overseas, shipping documents can be separated into two categories:

  • Incoming shipping documents
  • Outgoing shipping documents

INCOMING DOCUMENTS in shipping goods from the USA are documents that an international cargo transportation company, such as a U.S. Freight Forwarder, NVOCC, or VOCC furnish to an international shipper to initiate, process and, prove an international shipment. Typically these are:

OUTGOING DOCUMENTS in shipping goods from the USA are documents that shippers have to furnish to different parties during international cargo transportation:

  • Commercial invoice or valued packing list,
  • Shipper's identification for filing U.S. shipper's export declaration,
  • A set of documents for shipping from the USA a specific commodity,
  • Documents required by an ocean freight carrier to get cargo release to certain countries,
  • Dangerous goods declaration, if shipping from the U.S. dangerous goods,
  • Different types of legal documents required by the destination country's authorities.

If you involved in international cargo transportation from the USA, keep in mind that the furnishing of "incoming documents" is shipper's/consignee's responsibility.

Sea freight bill of ladings in ocean freight from the USA typically states 'SHIPPER'S LOAD AND COUNT' and/or 'SAID BY SHIPPER TO CONTAIN.' That means that no one else, but the shipper is responsible for all information submitted during shipping from the U.S.

Lack or delay in providing shipping documentation in international shipping from the USA may result in cargo delays, significant charges, and/or penalties or even civil charges.

International shipping documents with AMID Logistics

With AMID Logistics, you should be able to submit and receive the most common used "Outgoing" international shipping documents online. If shipping from the United States a regular commodity, then most of the time you will need to consider the "necessary minimum" of shipping documents to initiate a sea freight shipment:

MANDATORY DOCUMENTS IN SHIPPING GOODS FROM THE USA

A. International Sea freight Bill of Lading. The title of goods transporting from the USA.

B. Commercial Invoice or Valued Packing List. A complete description of the commodity shipping from the U.S.

ADDITIONAL SHIPPING DOCUMENTS DEPENDING ON COMMODITY AND COUNTRY OF DESTINATION

C. Supplemental Packing List to a commercial invoice. Specifies pieces, weights, and packing type.

D. Wood-packing certificate. Proof of compliance with ISP15.

E. Fumigation Certificate. Proof of cargo fumigation. It is commonly used in shipping goods from the U.S. to Australia and New Zealand.

F. Specific shipping documents. Depending on commodity and destination country:

  • Visa,
  • Quota,
  • Visa/Quota,
  • Certificate of Origin,
  • North American Free Trade Agreement Certificate of Origin,
  • Packing Declaration,
  • Dangerous Goods Declaration,
  • Fish and Wildlife Declaration,
  • Consular Legalized documents,
  • F.D.A.,
  • U.S.D.A.,
  • Anti-Dumping, etc.
 
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