The loading list or the consignment note is part of the freight documents of each transport. The loading list serves as a list of all goods of a freight on a means of transport. These accompanying documents are carried along during the entire transport until delivery to the recipient of the goods. In the case of cross-border transport, the loading list is used for customs clearance. In addition to the exact number of goods, the volume and weight of the loaded goods of the transport is also listed.
To ensure that the cargo can always be declared properly during official inspections, the loading list must be carried along as a document at all times. The loading list can also be used to check that the load is adequately secured and that the means of transport is suitable for the transport and can be repaired if necessary. This is particularly important in the event of an accident or damage to the load.
When loading the means of transport, the carrier, for example the driver of the truck, uses the loading list to check whether the goods have also been loaded according to the documentation on the loading list. In the same way, when the consignment arrives at the recipient, the correct delivery of goods can be checked and receipt confirmed according to the loading list.
For groupage shipments, the bordero serves as a loading list that documents all the individual shipments loaded.
Manifest loading list in maritime transport
The cargo on board a cargo ship must also be documented. Here, instead of a cargo list, we speak of a cargo manifest or simply a manifest. In international freight traffic, the manifest is used in particular for customs clearance. The manifest as the ship’s cargo list therefore contains the exact data on the loaded goods and also specifies the loading with the place of loading, date of loading and also the same information on unloading.