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Documents required by shipping lines for release of cargo

All shipping lines require certain documents prior to the shipment being released for imports or bill of lading being released for exports.. For normal containerised cargo release in south africa below docs are required..

Imports :

  • Authorised SAD500 bearing the SARS stamp
  • Authorised Cargo Dues Order bearing the Transnet stamp
  • Original lines bill of lading (at least 1) if the bill of lading is not an Express Release, or surrendered at origin

Only upon receiving the above should the import cargo be released to the customer..

Exports :

  • Authorised SAD500 (or other inbond docs if overborder) bearing the SARS stamp
  • Authorised Cargo Dues Order bearing the Transnet stamp
  • Proof of container having been loaded – either a print out from the Transnet website or copy of the N76 which the operator of the vsl gets from Transnet

Needless to say, the above docs must be accompanied by the requisite proof of payment, or cheque for the monies owed to the lines for freight and other charges..

Hariesh Manaadiar
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  1. Would you please tell me, how can we recognize MBl as if we have an invoice and MBL and someone asks us tell me which one is MBL then the first thing what we will note on MBL to tell him?


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