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Here at BLUE we are aware that often we address our customers in terms that are perhaps not so easy to understand.

That is why we have decided to lend you a hand and introduce you to the language that we use daily in the sector. Anglicisms is predominant.

An Air Waybill is the generic transport document used for air transit. The Air Waybill is a non-negotiable instrument that serves as a receipt for the shipper. It is issued by the airline or consolidator. The Air Waybill indicates that the carrier has accepted the goods contained in the bill and is committed to transport the shipment to the destination airport, in accordance with the context written on the back side of the original waybill.

The Master Air Waybill is issued by the airline and delivered to the freight forwarding company or consolidator. The Air Waybill covers a consolidated shipment, indicating the consolidator and/or freight forwarding company as the shipper and the desconsolidator as the consignee or recipient.

The House Air Waybill is the document that accredits each individual delivery of consolidated goods. It is issued by the consolidator and/or freight forwarding company and contains instructions for the deconsolidating agent. It normally indicates the shipper’s details and the consignee’s details.

It is a port-to-port sea transport document that complies with the following functions and characteristics:


1) It is a receipt of the goods shipped and it certifies the state of the goods.


2) It proves the existence of the Transport Contract, the conditions of which typically appear on the back


3) It accredits the title of ownership of the transported cargo to its legitimate holder and by means of which it exclusively grants the right to receive the goods at the port of destination


4) It is negotiable and accepted as a credit instrument by banks in documentary credits.

The delivery note, also referred to as the shipping list, is a commercial document that certifies that a shipment has been successfully delivered. The person who receives the shipment must sign the delivery note when they receive the shipment. This way, the sender knows that their order has arrived at its destination and, additionally, the person who makes the delivery confirms that the shipment has reached its recipient.

Delivery notes are not mandatory.

This is the tracking of goods in transit from one point to another through a variety of digital and analog platforms available.

You can track your deliveries with BLUE aquí.

This is the goods issuing party. The person who sends it. It is typically related with the manufacturer or exporter.

This is the recipient of the delivery, who is normally in charge of importing the material in the third country.

This is the reservation provided by the shipping company or airline. This includes estimated departure and arrival dates, which are always subject to availability and the decisions of these entities.

This reflects the estimated dates and the route that goods must follow during their transport.

Content list. This complements the invoice and provides specific details about what each box, pallet or package used in the transport contains.

Declaration: this is the record that the customs authority assigns to the goods that reach a customs facility and under which the clearance document can be issued.

Customs document that certifies that the goods are of EU origin. This document ensures benefits and discounts on the payment of tariffs in third countries included in the agreement with the EU. This is commonly used in deliveries to countries like Switzerland, Israel, Mexico or Colombia.

Document similar to EUR-1 used in trade with Turkey.

This document allows the company to temporarily export a product to a non-EU country and subsequently re-import the goods without having to pay the tariffs and taxes imposed in imports.

Incoterms (international commercial terms) are three-letter terms that reflect the voluntary acceptance guidelines by the two parties, buyer and seller, concerning the delivery conditions of the goods and/or products. 123 These terms are used to clarify the costs of international commercial transactions, delimiting the responsibilities between the buyer and seller, and they reflect the current best practice in international transport of goods.

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