What Documents Do I Need Before Shipping Internationally?

Are you planning on shipping your household goods, car, or other personal items overseas? Ocean transport is one of the most common type of freight forwarding when it comes to moving your cargo overseas. But before you ship, first find out some of the important paperwork that you will need to get in order.

Depending on the country of origin, as well as your cargo’s destination, you will be required to have a variety of documents.

Packing List

Many countries require a detailed packing list, you may even be required to provide it in more than one language. For example, if you are shipping goods by sea to Norway you will need a detailed inventory in both English & Norwegian. Providing a more detailed packing list helps your shipment move through customs swiftly and easily.

List of Quantity & value of Items

Some counties require a list of quantity and value of items which is known as a declared value inventory. If required you will need to list all of the items that you want to insure and the replacement value for each item.

Evidence of Employment

If you want to qualify for duty-free shipments you may need to include documentation that provides evidence of employment or residence in the country that you are shipping from and/or the country you are shipping to.

You may also be required to provide a letter from your current or future employer, a contract of employment, renting contract, utility bill or letter explaining why you are returning to a particular country if you are a citizen who has been gone for a year or more.

Additional documentations you may need include

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Residency Card or Provision Card
  • Bill of Landing

Most countries and regions have their own set of rules when it comes to international shipping so make sure to find out exactly what you will need before shipping your goods.

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