The shipping packing list is one of the most important documents when sending or receiving any ocean freight shipment. The packing list is a detailed summary of what you are shipping, how much of it is being sent, and where it is going.
Upon booking a shipment, you will receive a number of documents to fill out correctly. Along with the shipping packing list, it also includes the Bill of Lading. Your shipping packing list will accompany your shipment and help the freight forwarder, customs, and receivers. It allows them to visualize the exact contents of your shipment. Any mistake on the shipping packing list can cause delays in clearance at the port of destination.
Here are the uses and benefits of a shipping packing list:
Used for the Electronic Export Information (EEI) to verify goods
Used to issue the Bill of Lading
Prevents incorrect items being shipped
The packing list should be filled out with as much details as possible. Information you must include on the packing list:
The following information is not essential but useful to indicate on the packing list:
For a more in-depth look at the packing list, you may watch our video guide.
When shipping B2B, it is required to include the monetary amount for all items being sent. This allows customs to assess the value and ensure that the correct number of items are accounted for.
Once the shipment arrives at the origin port and the destination, it will be weighed and measured. Making sure this information is correct on the shipping packing list is vital. This it can cause major delays, especially because the shipment cannot be moved until this information is verified to be correct.
The shipping packing list should always be filled out with care and detail. It can be the difference between a speedy release at the port and weeks of delays and thousands of dollars in delay fees.
"The problem with these costs is that they’re often impossible to predict and are thus hardly ever considered when analyzing and comparing ocean freight rates"
Klaus Lydsal, vice president of operations at iContainers