Required Documentation for Exporting

March 15, 2016

Most of the export documentation is routine for freight forwarders and customs brokers, but the exporter is ultimately responsible for the accuracy of all documents. Since each country has different import regulations, the number and kind of required documents varies depending on the destination of the shipment.

Documents Prepared Before the Shipment

  • Commercial Invoice/Consular Invoice
  • Export License
  • Electronic Export Information (EEI)
  • Export Packing List
  • Certificate of Origin*
  • Insurance Certificate
  • Inspection Certificate

Documents Used during Inland Movement of Goods

  • Shipper’s Instructions
  • Inland Bill of Lading
  • Delivery Instructions
  • Dock Receipts
  • Bill of Lading/Air Waybill

Full descriptions of these documents can be found on the Michigan State University globalEDGE website.

* The Michigan Chamber of Commerce supports exporting through the CertifyMichiganTM program, which provides electronic Certificate of Origin services through an online portal that is secure, simple and fast. You can trust the Michigan Chamber to serve your export documentation needs.