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  • Proforma Invoice Explained: Everything You Need to Know

    Last updated on June 5, 2024 by Ben Thompson
    What is a proforma invoice

    A proforma invoice is a preliminary bill given to buyers before delivery, acting as a quote. It details the transaction, including costs and delivery timeline, to set clear expectations. Not legally binding, it aids in negotiations and planning, especially for international deals. It helps anticipate taxes but can't be used for official tax claims.

  • Differences Between the Bill of Lading and the Sea Waybill?

    Last updated on May 27, 2024 by Ben Thompson
    Sea Waybill vs Bill of Lading

    Shipping documents like the Bill of Lading and Sea Waybill are vital in global trade, each serving unique purposes. This article clarifies their differences, comparing their roles in transferability, direct release of goods, and documentation requirements, helping you make informed decisions and streamline your shipping process.

  • Download a Proforma Invoice Template PDF

    Last updated on April 16, 2024 by Ben Thompson

    A Proforma Invoice template is an important document used when selling goods Internationally. It can also be referred to as a “pro forma invoice” or “performa invoice”. In this article you can download a Proforma Invoice PDF template to use for global trade.

  • Notify Party in Shipping: Exploring Differences in Bill of Lading Documentation

    Last updated on April 13, 2024 by Ben Thompson
    Notify Party on Bill Of Lading

    Discover the pivotal roles of Notify Party and Consignee in international shipping. The Notify Party, not responsible for cargo possession, ensures smooth communication upon cargo arrival. Meanwhile, the Consignee, the legal owner of cargo, handles customs clearance and obligations. Understanding their disparities aids efficient logistics and enhances shipping processes.

  • How the Electronic Bill of Lading Improves the Shipping Process

    Last updated on February 23, 2024 by Ben Thompson

    Over the past few years there have been advancements in technology that have transformed the traditional paper based Bill of Lading into an Electronic Bill Of Lading (eB/L) format. This new technology is also referred to as E Bill of Lading, Electronic Bill or Digital Bill of Lading. The new Electronic Bills of Lading can…

  • The Importance of a Certificate of Free Sale (Certificate for Export)

    Last updated on February 19, 2024 by Ben Thompson
    What is certificate of free sale import export

    A Certificate of Free Sale (CFS), also known as a Certificate to Foreign Governments or Certificate for Export, validates that a product meets legal standards and is safe for consumption. It's crucial for international trade, ensuring smooth customs clearance and preventing shipment issues. Without it, exports face delays, fines, or even rejection.

  • House Bill of Lading Vs. Master Bill of Lading

    Last updated on February 16, 2024 by Ben Thompson
    House Bill of Lading vs Master Bill of Lading

    The Bill of Lading is key in shipping, acting as proof of shipment and cargo ownership. It details the contract and receipt of goods. The article differentiates between House and Master Bills of Lading, essential for global trade efficiency.

  • Bill of Lading meaning and types used in Global Trade

    Last updated on February 14, 2024 by Ben Thompson
    Bill of Lading Form Explained

    First, a Bill of Lading is a the most important shipping document involved in the import export process. However, some shippers may not understand the bill of lading meaning or the types of bill of lading that are issued along the supply chain. So, in this article we give insight into the bill of lading…

  • Create and Download a Commercial Invoice Template for Global Trade

    Last updated on February 8, 2024 by Ben Thompson
    Create and Download a Commercial Invoice template for Global Trade

    A Commercial Invoice is an important trade document that is used in Global Trade and shipping. When products are shipped Internationally the shipper must provide the Consignee (importer) with a detailed Commercial Invoice template and other shipping documentation.

  • Create and Download a Bill of Exchange Document Template for Export

    Last updated on November 24, 2021 by Ben Thompson

    A Bill of Exchange is a document that is used in global trade as a written order binding one party to pay a fixed sum of money to another party on demand or at a confirmed date.

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