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What is Packing List?


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What is Packing List?

A packing list is a document used in international trade, providing the exporter, the international freight forwarder and the ultimate consignee with information about the shipment, packing details (how they’re packed), and the marks and numbers noted on the outside of the boxes. 

What should an export packing list include? 

An export packing list must always include information about the number of units, boxes and any other packaging information that is available regarding the shipment. 

The given information must match the commercial invoice and should reflect the same parties to the transaction. Additionally, it should clarify if solid wood was used  while the shipment was being packaged, as this is a regulation mandated by most countries. 

The information must match the Commercial Invoice and should reflect the same parties to the transaction. It should also clarify if solid wood was used for packaging as this type of packaging is regulated in most countries and may a Fumigation Certificate, Heat Treatment Certification, Lacey Act, and more. 

In addition, the packaging must have a Fumigation Certificate, A Heat Treatment Certificate and must comply with Lacey Act— all of which assure that the cargo is safe to import into the United States, and that nothing other than what is stated in the packing list is coming in with the shipment, including wildlife. 



 What are some specific requirements for export packing lists? 

When importing cargo into some Middle Eastern countries, specific requirements must be taken into account. Documents must be notarized and authenticated by the state of origin. It must also be stamped by the Chamber of Commerce, and legalized by the destination country’s consulates. 

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