For those of who you have travelled internationally whether it be for business or pleasure, what’s the first thing you need to show before boarding your flight?
– Your airline ticket and Passport
To travel internationally and pass through airline security, customs & immigration barriers, you must provide all the right documents. The basic set of documents you would need; is your ticket to travel and your passport. However, you may also require visas, health cards and/or any other special documents dependant on the country you are going to.
When cargo travels internationally, there is no difference. Your cargo must also have a “ticket” to travel. In the freight industry, we call this a Bill of Lading, or Sea/Air Waybill. Your cargo will also require further documentation to pass through customs and quarantine barriers.
A basic set of documents required will include;
the Bill of Lading or Waybill,
and Packing Declaration
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 these special documents;
Weight & Measurement declarations;
New & Unused declaration,
Certificate of Origin,
Free Trade Agreements,
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 and right from the start. Having suitable packaging, timing and routing arrangements, clearance and compliance and correct documentation will all be 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 in this process. We can co-ordinate the 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.