For those of who you have travelled internationally whether it be for business or pleasure, what’s the first thing you need to have to be allowed on a plane or move through the airport? – An airline ticket is correct 🙂 To travel internationally and pass through airline, security, customs & immigration barriers, you must have all the correct paperwork. The basic set of documents you would need; is your ticket to travel and your passport, however you may also require visas, health and/or any other special documents dependant on the country you are going to. When cargo is sent internationally, this is no different. The cargo must also have a ticket, this ticket is either a Bill of Lading, or Sea/Air Waybill. Your cargo will also require other documents to pass through customs and health barriers. A basic set of documents required will include; the Bill of Lading or Waybill, the commercial invoice and packing list, however special documents may also be required which will be dependent on the nature of the goods and the destination. Here is some examples of special documents that may be required based on the nature of the goods and the destination; weight & measurement declarations, Cleanliness declaration, New & Unused declaration, certificate of origin, manufacture declaration, Free Trade agreements, insurance, fumigation certificates, dangerous goods declarations and so on. Going back to my analogy, there is one main difference between people traveling internationally and your cargo traveling internationally and that is, we can communicate when we need something or when something goes wrong and generally there is an airline host or hostess to attend to our needs. So bearing this in mind, cargo must be handled correctly right from the start. Having suitable packaging, timing and routing arrangements, clearance and compliance and correct documentation are all necessary to ensure that a smooth journey for your cargo is achieved. Did you know, not only will your cargo travel across at least two governmental and possibly cultural barriers, there is many geographical, climatic and handling hazards that may be encountered too? That’s where the team at Personalised Freight Solutions comes in, let us assist you with the special documents, duty and tax implications, size and weight restrictions, special permits, route and schedule limitations, letter of credit stipulations and many other factors that require precise detail, timing and dedicated attention.