Packing list (export / import)

A packing list is a document prepared by the shipper list¬ing the kinds and quantities of merchandise in a particular shipment.
A copy of the packing list is often attached to the shipment itself and another copy sent directly to the consignee to assist in checking the shipment when received. It is also called a bill of parcels.

The packing list is issued by the exporter / shipper / consignor.

The packing list contains the following elements:

  1. Name and address of seller (consignor)
  2. Name and address of buyer (consignee)
  3. Date of issuance
  4. Invoice number (reference to invoice that covers the particular shipment)
  5. Order or contract number
  6. Quantity and description of the goods
  7. Weight of the goods
  8. Number of packages
  9. Shipping marks and numbers
  10. Quantity and description of contents of each package, carton, crate or container
  11. Any other information as required in the shipper's instructions (e.g., country of origin)

The packing list is a more detailed version of the commercial invoice but without price information. The type of each container is identified, as well as its individual weight and measurements. The packing list is attached to the outside of its respective container in a waterproof envelope marked "Packing List Enclosed," and is immediately available to authorities in both the countries of export and import.