What is an Arrival Notice?

The overall procedure of freight forwarding through seaways is a bit complicated, owing to the international rules and regulations that differ from one country to another. Despite having so many restrictions and paperwork, freight forwarding proves to be the best way to navigate around the world and carry out effective transportation of goods from one place to another. However, almost every step involves some paperwork.

The paperwork issued at the time of arrival of a shipment is called the arrival of notice. The carrier or agent usually sends this particular piece of document to the party on the other end. In the arrival notice, all the necessary details of the cargo such as the number of boxes, total weight, collection charges, nature of lading, etc. are all mentioned.

Importance of arrival of notice

Besides carrying all the necessary information of the cargo being shipped from one point to another, it is also essential for cargo to travel seamlessly across international/national

The arrival notice contains:
•    Details about the point of origin and the destination along with the payment of customs charges.
•    The other expenses that are involved, such as the ocean freight agent’s charges and the terminal charges at the destination.
•    The location to which the cargo needs to be shipped along with the contact number. 
•    The LOT number associated with freight location and all the necessary information
related to freight identification.
•    Various steps and instructions involved with international shipment recovery or freight recovery. 

All this information present in the arrival notice is crucial to ensure easy and smooth delivery of goods. 

However, it is important to keep in mind that the arrival notice isn’t an official document that would
release your freight. It’s formal documentation that allows the consignee to know the contents of the cargo and follow various rules and regulations— based on its destination, regarding what needs to be done with the shipment. 

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