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Valued packing list with AMID

Valued packing list

A valued packing list is a substitute for commercial invoices in international cargo transportation from the USA.

When shipping goods from the U.S. overseas, please do not confuse a packing list (1) that supplements commercial invoices with a VALUED packing list, which is a substitute for commercial invoices and acts in international cargo transportation like commercial invoices (2).

  1. A packing list is occasionally used in cargo transportation to specify how shipping goods are packed for transport. It is an attachment to a commercial invoice and cannot be used without the commercial invoice. It does not provide a value for shipping from U.S. goods. Do not confuse a packing list with a fumigation certificate.
  2. A VALUED packing list in international transportation from the USA either acts as a proforma commercial invoice or substitutes commercial invoices in shipping from the U.S. household goods or personal belongings. A valued packing list is mandatory in international cargo transportation unless a commercial invoice is present. Besides a commodity description, a valued packing list assigns the value of shipping from the USA goods in US$.

Suppose shipping from the USA commercial freight and the shipper misses or cannot provide a copy of a commercial invoice. In that case, they submit a proforma commercial invoice to ship the goods. In proforma commercial invoices, shippers describe commodities and assign a value to export goods from the USA on their own. It can be in the form of a valued packing list.

If shipping from the U.S. household goods or personal effects is not for sale but for personal use, then a valued packing list is the way to declare the shipping commodity and the value.

Please note that destination countries' customs can always reconsider the value of importing goods from the U.S. and re-assign the value to match it with the fair market value on the day of the goods' entry to the country's commerce zone.

In respect of international shipping from the USA, the valued packing list must be in English and provide the following information:

Valued packing lists and the sea freight bill of ladings are always considered. Then, if some information is missing on a valued packing list, it can be retrieved from the corresponding sea freight bill of lading.


Valued packing list with AMID Logistics

A copy of a commercial invoice or purchase receipt is always preferable if shipping from the U.S. aboard a commercial shipment. It can be a copy of a purchase receipt or invoice for exporting goods from the USA. Most importantly, it should describe the commodity of shipping goods and the value in US$. Please make a copy in a PDF file and email it to us before delivering the cargo for shipping. 

However, if, for some reason, you miss such a document OR shipping from the USA household goods or personal effects, then with AMID Logistics, you can submit a valued packing list online via a web link provided in our shipping instructions. The document's format is acceptable by most international freight carriers and U.S. Customs. Most of the time, it should also be acceptable by destination customs.

Important: Effective on January 1st, 2011. All commercial invoices or valued packing lists must indicate at least the first eight digits of the U.S. Harmonized Tariff Schedule, the same as in bills of ladings.

Shippers may find the U.S. Harmonized Tariff Schedule on the following websites: or or

Upon your online booking request, you will receive our email with shipping instructions that include a web link to complete and submit your valued packing list online. You can see the format of the document in this link.


The blank of the valued packing list via the web link in our shipping instructions will be pre-formatted based on the information you provided when booking your international shipment on our website.

Remember that when submitting or receiving documents related to your international shipping from the U.S., always double-check all the information. If you see any errors or typos, re-submit the document or ask us via email for a correction. No verbal correction requests will be accepted. All revisions in documents relating to international cargo transportation from the USA abroad must be requested in an email.

While submitting your documents to international shipping, you will have several opportunities to edit and re-submit these shipping documents. However, as soon as your documents are presented to the ocean freight carrier and your bill of lading is issued, all further corrections may be subject to amendment fees. As soon as your goods are entered into the commerce zone of your destination country, all amendments are under the destination country's officials' supervision.

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