Import & Export

PROCEDURES AND DOCUMENTS FOR IMPORTS & EXPORTS

INVOICE

  • Record of evidence of transaction between importer and exporter 
  • Issued by Exporter

Information contained

  • Description of the goods (name, quality, etc.)
  • Quantity of goods
  • Unit value
  • Total item value
  • Total invoice value and currency of payment.
  • The terms of payment (method and date of payment, discounts, etc.)
  • The terms of delivery according to the appropriate Incoterm®
  • Means of transport

 

PACKING LIST

  • Inventory of the incoming cargo required for customs clearance
  • Issued by Exporter

Information contained

  • Number of the freight invoice
  • Type of packaging (drum, crate, carton, box, barrel, bag, etc.)
  • Number of packages
  • Content of each package (description of the goods and number of items per package)
  • Marks and numbers
  • Net weight, gross weight and measurement of the packages

 

BILL Of LADING (BOL or B/L)

  • Proof of receipt of goods by the carrier obliging him to deliver the goods to the consignee
  • Issued by Shipping Company / Freight Forwarder

Information contained

  • Details of the goods , the vessel and the port of destination.
  • Evidences the contract of carriage and conveys the title to the goods, i.e. bearer of Bill of Lading is the owner of the goods.

 

BILL OF ENTRY (ALSO KNOWN AS SINGLE GOODS DECLARATION)

  • Formal declaration describing goods that are being imported or exported 
  • Issued by Freight Forwarder or Customs Broker

Information contained

  • Description of goods in shipment
  • Details of quantity
  • Estimate of value of goods
  • Number assigned by Customs Department

 

INSURANCE CERTIFICATE (IF APPLICABLE)

  • Representation of insurance policy taken out by importer/exporter depending on Incoterm®
  • Issued by Insurance Company

Information contained

  • Applies only in case the terms of payment is on a CIF basis. In which case the exporter is under the obligation to submit to the consignee an Insurance Certificate.

 

CERTIFICATE OF INSPECTION (IF APPLICABLE)

  • Third party confirmation of the buyer's specifications, quantity and value of goods prior to shipment
  • Issued by Third Party (SGS, Bureau Veritas)

Information contained

  • Buyer's specifications
  • Quantity of goods
  • Value of goods

 

CERTIFICATE OF ORIGIN

  • An international trade document attesting the origin of goods in a particular shipment 
  • Different certificates are issued by different bodies - For detailed information on Certificates of Origin, please click here.

Information contained

  • Country of Origin or country in which the product has been processed / manufactured.

 

IMPORT PERMIT (IF APPLICABLE)

For more information on Import Permits, please click here.


EXPORT PERMIT (IF APPLICABLE)

For more information on Export Permits, please click here.

 

Australia

June 1995
Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI)

China

April 1997
China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) - Beijing
China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission - Shanghai
November 1998
CCPIT Guangdong Sub-Council
September 2008
CCPIT Qingdao
May 2007
CCPIT Qingdao

Austria

September 2014
Austrian Federal Economic Chamber

France

September 1996
l’Assemblée des Chambres Françaises de Commerce et d’Industrie (ACFCI)

India

November 1985
Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI)
May 1996
Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)
June 1995
Tamil Nadu Chamber of Commerce and Industry
January 2004
India International Trade Center
May 2004
Seafood Exporters Association of India
October 2005
Seafood Exporters Association of India

Kenya

January 2011
The Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI)

Madagascar

November 2004
Fédération des Chambres de Commerce, d’Industrie, d’Artisanat et d’Agriculture de Madagascar

Malaysia

August 1994
The National Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia
June 2005
Malaysian Associated Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry

Mozambique

September 2012
Chamber of Commerce of Mozambique)

Pakistan

October 2004
The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI)

Russia

May 2007
Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation

Sri Lanka

May 2004
National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka

Tanzania

January 2011
The Tanzania Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (TCCIA)

Thailand

August 2004
The Federation of Thai Industries (F.T.I)
February 2013
TUSKON

Turkey

August 2014
DEIK (Foreign Economic Relations Board)
TOBB (The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey)

Réunion

June 1995
Chambre of Commerce and d’Industrie de la Réunion
March 2002
L’Association pour le Développement Industriel de la Réunion

Seychelles

November 2005
Seychelles Chamber of Commerce and Industry
April 2014
Seychelles Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Djibouti

August 2008
Chamber of Commerce of Djibouti

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