International shipments require more paperwork than domestic shipments due to the customs obligations of both Australia and the destination country.
In general, international shipments require the following paperwork:
- A least one shipping label securely attached to each item in a visible position. If there are multiple items, the labels should be consecutively numbered to indicate this (e.g. 1 of 3, 2 of 3, 3 of 3).
- At least two copies of the consignment note (con-note) – as a minimum one copy for customs and one copy for the receiver. These should be signed by the sender and the collection driver before being folded and stored in a shipping document pouch.
- Two copies of the manifest. These should be signed by the sender and the collection driver, then one folded and stored in a shipping document pouch and the other left with the sender.
- Three copies of the Customs Declaration (also referred to as the Commercial Invoice – not to be confused with the Tax Invoice/Receipt). These should all be signed by the sender before being folded and stored in a shipping document pouch.
- A transparent document pouch or similar to hold the above documents. This needs to be attached securely to the first item in the shipment.
For further guidance on preparing goods for international shipment, please refer to the following: