The Different Types of Shipping Manifests

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Shipping manifests are important documents in international shipping. They list the goods that are being transported so that the cargo being shipped by a carrier can be verified. Typically, shipping manifests contain information including the number and types of shipments being transported, and the details of the consignor and consignee.

There are a number of different types of shipping manifests, each of which serve specific purposes. To find out more about the different types of shipping manifests and why they are important, read on for ISS Shipping's guide to the different types of shipping manifests!

Cargo Manifests

A cargo manifest lists all the cargo carried on a vessel. It contains information such as the type of cargo, quantity of cargo, destination of the shipment, and the details of the consignor and consignee.

Freight Manifests

A freight manifest lists the freight costs of each consignment carried on board the vessel, in addition to the name and weight of each item, category of the shipment, and the details of the consignor and consignee.

The freight manifest assists with the determination and collection of freight fees from shippers and the calculation of freight commission.

Out-of-Gauge Manifests

An out-of-gauge manifest is used in the shipment of overweight and/or oversized cargo. It must be completed by the shipper and include detailed information regarding the cargo’s dimensions, weight, and value.

Out-of-gauge manifests help shipping/port crew and carriers load and unload the goods safely and securely.

Reefer Manifests

Reefers are refrigerated shipping containers that are used for the transportation of perishable and temperature-sensitive goods, such as food and medicine. A reefer manifest contains information about the refrigerated containers on board the vessel, including their temperature settings, humidity settings, and other specifications.

Hazardous Cargo Manifests

Hazardous cargo is cargo that is classified as potentially harmful to people, animals, or the environment. These items must be listed on the hazardous cargo manifest with information regarding their classification, International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) codes, and Medical First Aid Guide (MFAG) details.

Export and Import Manifests

Export and import manifests are similar to cargo manifests. An export manifest is submitted to the port customs when the ship is about to leave the docks, whilst an import manifest is submitted before or as soon as the ship arrives at the port. Each port may have different criteria and requirements, however.

With so many different types of shipping manifests and documents, it can be confusing to determine which ones you do and do not need. Fortunately, ISS is here to help! With many years of experience in the industry, we will ensure you have all the documentation required for seamless, cost-effective shipping.

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