An export packing list is far more detailed than a domestic one. It is a statement used for export shipments of more than one packaging unit, indicating the items packed in each container, type of container, weights and measurements (in both U. S. and metric terms), total number of containers, and the markings on each container for identification and distribution at the foreign port of import. Pricing information is not required.
An export packing list should be securely attached to the outside of each container in a waterproof packet or envelope clearly marked "Packing List Enclosed." It is used by the shipper and forwarding agent to determine the total weight and volume of the shipment, and whether the correct cargo as indicated is being shipped.
Routing with a Letter of Credit: Packing list is sent by you to your forwarder, then on to the BANKS, then to U.S. Customs, and finally to the consignee (or the designated agent of the consignee) for clearance of shipment through local customs. Packing list must conform exactly with the commercial invoice and the terms and conditions of the letter of credit.
Routing without a Letter of Credit Packing list is sent by you to your forwarder, and then to consignee (or designated agent of consignee) for clearance of shipment through local customs. The packing list must agree exactly with all the terms and conditions of the sale.