Illustrated Guide to Trade Documentation

Illustrated Guide to Trade Documentation

Professional Industry Report

Pages: 32

Publication Date: 1994 (Updated 2001-2006-2007)

Author: Edward G. Hinkelman

Size: 8.5″ x 11″ (21.59 x 27.94cm)

International Trade Documentation

International trade documentation is essential to international trade transactions. Documents provide buyers and sellers with an accounting record; shipping and logistics firms with instructions of what to do with freight; countries of export and import with regulatory compliance, census and taxation information; and banks with instructions and accounting tools for collecting and disbursing payments.

Illustrated Guide to International Trade Documentation

The World Trade Press ‘Illustrated Guide to International Trade Documentation’ is an industry standard professional report detailing documentation requirements for international trade transactions involving the export and import of goods. There are more than 240,000 copies of this guide in print worldwide, in seven updated editions over the past 14 years, and eight foreign language translations.

The World Trade Press ‘Illustrated Guide to International Trade Documentation’ covers all key trade documents used in international trade, including those required for sale/purchase transaction, export, transport, inspection, insurance, regulatory compliance, banking/payment and import procedures. Twelve key documents are profiled. For each document there is a full-page sample document, document definition, key elements description, and cautions and notes listing. Introductory pages detail how documents are used in transactions, transport, banking and export/import procedures.


  1. Overview of trade document categories:
    1. Transaction Documents
    2. Export Documents
    3. Transport Documents
    4. Inspection Documents
    5. Insurance Documents
    6. Banking and Payment Documents
    7. Import Documents
  2. Sample Documents Section:
    1. Document Definition
    2. Key Elements
    3. Cautions and Notes
    4. Sample Document

Documents Covered in this Report

  1. Commercial Invoice
  2. Marine/Ocean/Port-to-Port Bill of Lading
  3. Marine/Ocean/Port-to-Port Bill of Lading
  4. Multimodal (Combined) Transport Document
  5. Air Transport Document (Air Waybill)
  6. Insurance Document (Insurance Certificate)
  7. Certificate of Origin
  8. Inspection Certificate
  9. Regional Trade Pact Import/Export Declaration (European Community C-88)
  10. Shipper’s Export Declaration (SED) Form 7525-V
  11. Carnet (ATA Carnet)
  12. Packing List

(Note: If you require sample banking documents specific to letter of credit transactions, we also recommend the ‘Illustrated Guide to Letters of Credit‘ report.)

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