Guide

International trade paperwork: the basics

Introduction

When trading internationally the right paperwork is crucial. Missing or inaccurate documents can increase risks, lead to delays and extra costs, or even prevent a deal from being completed.

Whether you are importing or exporting, you need to understand what paperwork is required. Even if you use a freight forwarder or an agent, it's still up to you to make sure the right documentation is available.

This guide explains the key documentation you should be aware of. It outlines what should be in your contracts and what paperwork you need for customs, transport and payment. The information contained in this guide is basic information. See additional basic information about licensing and paperwork.