While a packing list is not required by customs in most countries, it is an important document in the export process.
The packing list may be used by the freight forwarder to prepare a bill of lading for the ocean or air carrier and to understand how much room is needed for the cargo. It may be used by banks as a supporting document presented for payment under a letter of credit or other payment terms. It may be used by U.S. Customs as well as by customs in the country of import for compliance and duty liability.
In addition to including the basic details about the international transaction, the packing list will include:
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