Documents & Procedures
Both on the export side from Bangladesh, as well as on the importing side in the respective export market, a series of procedures including, licenses or approvals, and submission of documents need to be followed.
These include documents such as:
- Sales Contact/Letter of Credit
- Commercial Invoice
- Packing list
- Form from Commercial Bank.
- Certificate of Origin.
- Health / Sanitary & Phyto Sanitary
- Bill of Export/Shipping Bill.
- Airway Bill/Bill of Lading.
- Insurance Policy.
- Bill of Exchange.
From the exporting from Banladesh perspective details are provided in the Bangladesh Trade Portal in its “Guide to Export Section”
The EU My Trade Assistant offers full details of export documentation and procedures for every European Union market and matching every type of product entering the respective market.
Import and customs clearance procedures and contacts can be found through Japan Customs. See import procedures here
Guides covering all countries’ documents and procedures are also commercially available – such as Tate’s Export Guide
Who is responsible for Export Documentation?
Freight forwarders don’t have a responsibility to generate the export paperwork for a shipment. It must come from the Exporter. Shipping something to Egypt, an Exporter will need to make sure that all paperwork is right for the freight forwarder to work with the airline or shipping line to get the goods to their destination. The Exporter also ensures that by having the correct paperwork for the country of arrival that the customer receives his/her products without delay.
Any errors that appear in the documentation upon customs entry, or that the freight forwarder might make on behalf of the shipper, is ultimately the responsibility of the Exporter.