Creating a Packing List

Documents such as the bill of lading remain important in international ocean shipping. However, another document that is used for freight shipments includes the packing list. The packing list is usually typed and includes important information about the cargo. The information on the packing list includes details about the cargo, the commodity, the dimensions and the weight. Sometimes the packing list also includes the port of entry, the destination, the harmonized tariff code, the contact information for the shipper, the value of the cargo and the number of boxes. Speak to your trusted freight forwarder to determine what details should be written on your packing list before you ship.

The packing list does not replace the bill of lading or the shipping invoice. Rather, it compliments those documents as an addition. The numerous parties that can see the packing list include the consignee, consignor, the freight forwarder, the carriers and the customs agents. If US Customs agents view the packing list, then it must be written in English. If an important document such as the invoice or the bill of lading becomes misplaced, then the packing list can serve as a safety net document by informing those involved in the transportation of your containers with all of the vital details. Make sure you also make several copies of the packing last.

When you receive an instant ocean freight shipping quote online and then book your container shipment with the logistics provider, all of the documents (include the packing list) will usually be included with the price.