International trade deals demand correct and complete documentation. Novice exporters and importers are sometimes surprised by how many commercial, legal and transportation forms they have to fill out. Commercial documents include the invoice, cargo control document, packing list, weight certificate, insurance certificate and the certificate of origin (critical proof for shipments in free trade areas). Depending on the transaction value, customs import and export declaration forms must be properly drawn. Finance documents that banks require are the bill of exchange, letter of credit and drafts. These financial instruments can represent a freight delivery worth millions of dollars. Topping the list […]