Shipping Documents You Need!

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What Kind of documents do you require for your shipment?

People will generally query as to what kind of documents would be required to provide their customs broker. When importing documentation is the most essential element. It is to ensure that your shipment clearance is smooth. Customs and Quarantine require this information, to accurately process your shipment and assess the risks of your consignment.
When Forwarding documentation to your customs broker always ensure that you have them check your shipping documents. General Documents are:
Bill of Lading / Master Airway bill
Commercial Invoice
Packing list
Packing Declaration ( If the cargo is travelling via Sea)

How do I know what other documents I need?

There are always other documents that need to be lodged. Try to check the customs fact sheet to see if your goods require any special permits , Phytosantiary Certificates, Fumigation or other necessary documentation for Quarantine. A useful tip is to ensure before you import you have all the necessary paperwork on hand. This relates to Approved permits. An Example.
The importer decides to import a used vehicle. Used vehicles require a Import Approval from Quarantine. Ensure that you apply for this approval before you import the vehicle or you will incur large charges at the wharf and it might have to be put into storage. This will be costed onto daily and can run into thousands of dollars depending on the time it sits at the wharf, while you seek Quarantine permit approvals.

When you feel as though you are not sure, the best thing to do is give one of our key consultants a quick call. If you don’t understand the bill of lading, the requirements, contract of carriage. Let us be the one to help you go through it. We can then discuss if there is any uncertainty regarding the query. Always liaising with your chosen consultant means that they have an understanding of your needs and you of them in their workings.  This is our key relationships form, which lead to successful growth and a prosperous future together. You can also find out more information about quarantine or customs documents on the regulatory websites.

Get a broker to guide you further when documentation advice is necessary. Remember, its very important to not only have the right documentation to not delay your shipment, allowing it to sit in storage but also to ensure the data and links are correct for your consignment.

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