If you are from the supply chain logistics world, then you would have definitely come across the word ‘Manifest’ many times. It is a key shipping document for international trade that provides a list of items that are shipped from the supplier to the final customer.
A typical manifest will have the below details:
Details of the:
- Origin and destination
- Document number
Manifest is not a legal document but is created for record purposes for sellers, transporter, and eCommerce website.
Different types of Manifest
Freight manifest: Provides the details of the cargo along with the freight charges. The charges added in the manifest are paid by the shipper or consignee
Out of gauge manifest: The manifest that gives out the details of the gauge cargoes on board the ship.
Reefer manifest: This kind of manifest throws insights into the reefer cargoes on board the ship, including the humidity, and temperature settings. It also records those containers that require monitoring on board.
Dangerous cargo manifest: List out the details of hazardous cargo details on board with particulars covering the class, UN no, description of goods, EMS/FAG, etc.
Cargo manifest: describes all information with respect to cargo, leaving out the freight charges.
The manifest should accurately match the actual shipment. You can also imagine manifest as a passport for your inventory wherein it denotes the nationality of the goods and authenticates that cargo is legitimate.