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Which documents are needed for sea freight?


Prepared by you

  • Commercial invoice
  • Packing list
  • EUR1 (only for certain destinations)
  • DGD = Dangerous Goods Declaration with information about class and so-called UN number (only with dangerous/classified goods)
  • VGM

Prepared by us at DB Schenker

  • Bill of Lading (B/L), shipping bill of lading as well as Schenker B/L
  • Customs documents
  • Legalization (only to certain destinations)
  • The shipping document is legalized by the respective country's chamber of commerce and embassy/consulate.
  • Various different documents with L/C = Letter of Credit procedure
  • Preregistration


Prepared by the supplier and shown to us at the shipping location.

  • Commercial invoice
  • Packing list
  • GSP certificate form A (required only for certain types of products)
  • Export license (only required for certain types of product, with the import license application)

Prepared by us at the shipping location

  • Original Bill of Lading (B/L), alternatively a sea waybill
  • Various different customs documents in case Schenker is engaged to perform this service

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