Transport documentation is necessary for providing instructions about your consignment to the carrier, receiving authority or forwarder.
When you transport non-hazardous goods, you generally use a Standard Shipping Note (SSN). This gives port authorities clear instructions on how to handle your goods. The SSN can also be used for air freight.
If your goods are hazardous, they must be accompanied by a Dangerous Goods Declaration.
It's also likely that you'll use the Export Cargo Shipping Instruction (ECSI) when you export goods. The ECSI contains details of your consignment, including customs information and an allocation of costs.
This guide explains how the SSN, Dangerous Goods Note and ECSI work and the benefits of using them. It also tells you where to get these documents from and how to complete them.