Import/Export Documents (Course, Master)

EENI Business School & HA University

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

  1. Introduction to Import/Export Documents
  2. Documentation 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

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 Online Subject “Import/Export Documents” are to learn about the different types of documents used in foreign trade (import and export), which documents usually require customs, requirements for 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 various classifications and requirements of export documents
  2. Learning what function export documents perform
  3. Learning the different types of documents of origin that evidence the origin of products
  4. Analysing various commercial and administrative documents
  5. Examining other documents that may be required in international business transactions

The eLearning Subject “Import/Export Documents” is part of the following Online Higher Education Programs taught by EENI Business School & HA University:
  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: International Logistics, Global Trade

Online Student Master in International Business

Learning materials in Master 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 Online Subject “Import/Export Documents”: 1 ECTS.

Area of Knowledge: Foreign trade.

Example of the Online Subject: Import/Export Documents
Export Documents (Master, Doctorate)

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Description of the Online 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 transport document).

Documents fulfil the following functions:

  1. Proof of contract. Documents such as transport documents (bill of lading) or insurance documents evidence the existence of contracts of sale, and 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 on product price (invoice), package units contents (packing list)
  4. Customs. The Customs of the destination country require documents that evidence the origin of 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

United States-Peru Free Trade Agreement (Course Master)

China-Costa Rica Free Trade Agreement (Course)

TIR Convention, International road transport, Course

CMR Convention, International road transport

India-Chile Free Trade Agreement (Course Master)

Non-negotiable FIATA Multimodal Transport Waybill (FIATA FWB), Course

SADC Certificate of Origin

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

Forwarders Certificate of Receipt (FIATA FCR), Course

Forwarders Certificate of Transport (FIATA FCT), Course

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