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Import/Export Documents

Syllabus of the Subject: Import/Export Documents. Documentation for International Trade. Bill of Lading

  1. Introduction to Import/Export Documents
  2. Documents Required for international trade
  3. Documents of Origin (Certificate of Origin)
  4. Commercial Documents (Proforma, Invoice, Packing List)
  5. Transport Documents
  6. Administrative Documents
  7. Other Documents
  8. Case Study:
    1. Documents needed for exporting to Brazil
    2. Documentation for exporting fish to Angola

Documents related to International Transport

  1. Bill of Lading (Rotterdam Rules)
  2. Bill of Lading (Hamburg Rules)
  3. TIR Carnet
  4. CMR Consignment Note
  5. e-AWN (electronic Air Waybill, air transport)
  6. Convention Relating to Temporary Admission (Istanbul Convention) - ATA
  7. International Convention on the Harmonization of Frontier Controls of Goods (UNECE)

International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) Transport Documents

  1. Negotiable Combined Transport Bill of Lading (FIATA FBL)
  2. Non-negotiable FIATA Multimodal Transport Waybill (FIATA FWB)
  3. Electronic FIATA Bill of Lading (eFBL Bill of Lading)
  4. Forwarders Certificate of Receipt (FIATA FCR)
  5. Forwarders Certificate of Transport (FIATA FCT)
  6. Warehouse Receipt (FIATA FWR)

The main purposes of the Subject “Import/Export Documents” are to learn about the different types of documents used in Foreign Trade (import and export), which documents usually require the customs, the requirements for the various documents and how to fill in these documents correctly.

In this subject, the student will learn about the various types of documents used in Foreign Trade.

This will be achieved by:

  1. Analysing the various classifications and requirements related to the export documents
  2. Learning what function the export documents perform
  3. Learning the different types of documents of origin that evidence the origin of the products
  4. Analysing the various commercial and administrative documents
  5. Examining other documents that may be required in the international business transactions
The Subject “Import/Export Documentsbelongs to the following Online Higher Education Programs taught by EENI Global Business School:
  1. Courses: Export Assistant, Foreign Trade Management
  2. Diploma in International Trade
  3. Masters: International Business, Foreign Trade and Marketing, International Transport, Export Back Office
  4. Doctorates: Global Logistics, World Trade

Online Student Master in International Business

Learning materials in Courses, Masters, Doctorates in International Business in English or Study, Master in International Business in French Documents Study Master Doctorate Business in Spanish Documentos Masters Foreign Trade in Portuguese Documentos.

Credits of the Subject “Import/Export Documents”: 1 ECTS.

Area of Knowledge: Foreign trade.

Sample of the Subject: Import/Export Documents
Import Export Documents, Bill of lading, packing list, Invoice, Certificates, AWB (International Trade)

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Description of the Subject: Import/Export documents.

Most international trade transactions require some transport, administrative, commercial, and insurance documents.

There are a great variety of documents that may need to be produced to complete export/import transactions; some estimates indicate 200 different documents are used in Foreign Trade.

However, in most export transactions, only a few certain documents are used (invoice, packing list, and logistics documents).

The Import/Export Documents fulfil the following functions:

  1. Proof of a contract. Documents such as transport documents (bill of lading) or the insurance documents evidence the existence of a contract of sale, and the conditions stipulated there
  2. Title to the products. Certain transport documents represent title to the products, that is; they give the right to collect the products from the carrier (just as a Bank draft gives you the right to collect funds against the drawer)
  3. Information. Certain documents provide information related to the price of the product (invoice), the package of the units contents (packing list)
  4. Customs. The Customs of the destination country require documents that evidence the origin of the products to establish whether the products are importable to the country and to charge appropriate taxes and duties
  5. Proof of compliance. Certain documents serve as proof that the conditions stipulated in the contract of sale are complied with, such as date of shipment (transport documents) and origin of products (Certificate of origin)


The objective of these documents is to show where the products originated. Therefore; they play a major role to establish taxes and duties to be paid on products at customs. One must find out what type of document exactly is required at customs to be able to benefit from possible reduced tariffs.

Samples - Export Documents

Documentation Foreign Trade (Master, Course)

European Union GSP Form A, Course Master

United States-Peru Free Trade Agreement

China-Costa Rica Free Trade Agreement (FTA)

TIR Convention, Customs Convention on the International Transport of Goods, Cover TIR Carnets

Convention on the Contract for the International Carriage of Goods by Road (CMR) of United Nations

Non-negotiable FIATA Multimodal Transport Waybill (FIATA FWB), International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations

Negotiable Combined Transport Bill of Lading (FIATA FBL), Course

Forwarders Certificate of Transport (FIATA FCT), Course

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