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Required documents for exports, imports, or international ocean freight shipments

What is a commercial invoice

The commercial invoice is one of the most important documents in international trade and ocean freight shipping. It is a legal document issued by the seller (exporter) to the buyer (importer) in an …

How to fill out a shipping packing list

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 …

How to fill out a Bill of Lading

The Bill of Lading, often abbreviated as B/L, is a receipt for the cargo being shipped and acts as a transportation contract. The who, what, where, and where of your shipment should be detailed on …

Waiver for shipping to West Africa

When shipping to West Africa and especially to countries such as Togo, Benin, Cameroon, the Ivory Coast, among others, note that apart from the usual documentation for maritime shipping (such as the …

Differences between an Original Bill of Lading, Telex Release, and Express Release

There are many factors to think about when it comes to ocean freight shipping. Paperwork, container shipping rates and cargo insurance are some, to name a few. Within the category of paperwork, …

How to fill out an SED form

How to fill out an SED (Shipper’s Export Declaration) form When exporting commodities valued at over $2,500, it is necessary to obtain an International Transaction Number (ITN). This number is …

Differences between a House and Master Bill of Lading

House or Master Bill of Lading? The most important document in the ocean freight industry is the Bill of Lading. Much confusion may arise from this document, and it is extremely important to …