A packing list is a document that contains information about the location of each product ID in each package. It allows the recipient to quickly find the item he or she is looking for without a broad search of all packages. It also confirms the actual shipment of goods on a line-item basis.
Packing lists are generally used for shipments of larger orders, or when items are being shipped to multiple locations. They can be created manually or using software designed for logistics purposes.
When creating a packing list, be sure to include the following information:
- The name and contact information of the sender.
- The name and contact information of the recipient.
- A list of all products being shipped, including product ID numbers.
- The location of each product ID in each package.
- The total number of packages being shipped.
- The date and time of shipment.
- Any special instructions for shipping or handling the products.
Packing lists can be created in advance of a shipment, or they can be generated at the time of shipping. If you are using software to create your packing list, you will likely have the option to print it out or save it as a PDF.