Description of the Cargo:       (back to book)

The basic required information is in bold red.  If a commercial shipment, the required information is usually provided on a commercial invoice or packing list which can be faxed or emailed to us.
  • the number of boxes, pieces or pallets/crates the driver should pick up;
  • a description of the type of goods being picked up (electronics, equipment, personal effects, baggage, etc.);
  • the amount of insurance (USD) shipper wishes to placing on the goods being picked up;
  • a commercial invoice and packing list;
  • purchase order number, or tracking number if available;
  • If the shipment contains HAZMAT or Dangerous Goods, a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) may be required along with documents specifying the size of each packed unit.
  • harmonized code - for international exports of commercial goods.  If you do not have this we can assist you to where it can be obtained from the description of the goods
  • country of origin - can be required for international exports / imports.
Whether the shipment is being picked up or dropped off, a general description of the cargo is required.   If you want to insure the shipment, a specific value of the goods must be declared prior to the pickup or drop-off, along with a detailed description.   If there is any damage or loss to the shipment and a claim is filed the content of the shipment and specific value of the cargo will have to be documented by the insured claimant.

International shipments will in general require more documentation than a domestic truck shipment.

If the shipment contains HAZMAT or Dangerous Goods, a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) may be required along with documents specifying the size of each packed unit.

(back to book)