1. Shipment description (item, quantity, weight, dimensions).
The shipment description should include a detailed list of the items being shipped, including type of items (if applicable), quantity of each item, weight and dimensions of the packages or pallets being shipped. This information should be as accurate as possible to ensure that the packages are properly handled and loaded.
2. Delivery address and contact information.
The delivery address should include the recipient’s name, full street address, city, state, ZIP code and phone number. It is also important to include any other special instructions such as whether a signature is needed upon delivery or if the package should be left at a specific location.
3. Shipping instructions (service type, pickup/delivery date).
The shipping instructions should describe the service type that will be used for delivery (e.g. express overnight or ground). The pickup date and expected delivery date should also be included so that everyone involved in the shipment can remain abreast of changes during transit.
4. Order confirmation number.
The order confirmation number should be provided to the carrier so they can easily track and confirm delivery of the package. This should also be included in any communications with customers or other interested parties in case there are any issues during transit.
5. Payment information (invoice or terms of payment).
Payment information should include an invoice, credit card details, or other forms of payment that may be needed for the shipment. It is important to provide this upfront to ensure that all necessary funds are available when the shipment arrives at its destination.
6. List of items with photos, item numbers and/or serial numbers.
It is important to have a detailed list of items being shipped along with their photographs, item numbers and/or serial numbers. This will help confirm that all items were correctly packed into the package and can assist with any issues that may arise during transit.
7. Packing list (list of contents, weight, dimensions and other characteristics).
The packing list should include a detailed overview of the contents of each package being shipped, including the exact item number and quantity for each item, as well as its weight and dimensions. This information should be provided to the carrier in order to ensure proper handling and loading of packages onto the transportation vehicle.
8. Shipping labels for each package with tracking number.
Each package should have a shipping label affixed to it that includes a unique tracking number so that its progress through the shipping process can be monitored. This number should also be provided to the customer or other interested parties so they can track the package as it moves from one location to another.
9. Customs documents and requirements.
If the shipment is crossing international borders, then any necessary customs documents and requirements must be included in order for a smooth transition through customs clearance processes. This may include an export declaration form or certificate of origin, depending on the regulations of the countries involved.
10. Insurance coverage information.
The insurance coverage information should include details such as the value of goods being shipped, types of protection offered by the carrier and maximum liability limits. This will help ensure that all goods are adequately protected in case of unexpected events during transit.
11. Return address and contact information (if applicable).
If the shipment is being sent via return service, then the sender’s full address and contact information should be included in order to ensure the safe return of any goods. This should also be provided to customers or other interested parties in case there are any issues during transit.
12. Other documents or special instructions, if needed.
Any additional documents or special instructions that are needed for a successful shipment should be included. This may include hazardous material declarations, safety data sheets, temperature requirements and other items that could affect the safe transport of goods. By following this checklist when preparing shipments, you can ensure that all necessary information is provided so that everything goes as smoothly as possible from start to finish.