FIATA has developed uniform forwarding documents to improve the quality of freight forwarders' services. These documents, which have an excellent reputation, are officially recognised throughout the world and are regarded as the standard for freight forwarding tradition and reliability:
FIATA FCR – International Freight Forwarding Receipt: a document showing that the freight forwarder has taken over part of the cargo and has undertaken to transport it under the forwarding contract, either by himself or with the assistance of other forwarding companies. For the carriage of the whole cargo, the usual dispatch documents are issued. The freight forwarder must ensure that when the FCR is issued:
- That he took over the cargo and that the transfer of the cargo rightfully belongs to him alone.
- To ensure that the cargo is in visibly good condition
- That the details of the document correspond to the instructions received
- That the terms of the charter do not conflict with the obligations under the FIATA FCR
FIATA FCT – Tarptautinis ekspeditoriaus konosamentas: dokumentas, kurį išduoda gavęs siuntą ekspeditorius ir įsipareigoja pristatyti prekes į paskyrimo vietą.
FIATA Warehouse Receipt (FWR) – International warehousing certificate used for international warehousing contracts. It is the legal equivalent of a warrant warehousing certificate and is issued by warehousekeepers at the request of customers from foreign countries.
FIATA FBL (ang. Bill of lading) – A multimodal bill of lading, which can also be used as a sea transport consignment note. This document is officially recognised by the International Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICC) and is published in ICC Brochure 481 in accordance with the UNCTAD/ICC Multimodal Transport Documents Regulations. The freight forwarder issuing the FIATA FBL not only assumes responsibility for the carriage of the goods to the place of destination, but also for all carriers and third parties involved in the complete execution of the transport.
FIATA SDT – Dangerous goods declaration. If the freight forwarder is engaged in the carriage of dangerous goods, he must have a detailed classification of dangerous goods drawn up in accordance with the rules governing the carriage of dangerous goods by different means of transport. The FIATA SDT can be used for road transport in Europe (ADR) and for maritime transport (IMGD). FIATA SDT is not acceptable for international transport by rail, according to RID and for air transport, according to IATA dangerous goods rules. For transport by rail (RID) the CIM consignment note must be used. However, the FIATA SDT may be used as a supplementary document to the CIM consignment note.This declaration cannot be completed by the freight forwarder. In each case, the declaration must be completed and signed by the principal before being handed over to the freight forwarder. FWB - FIATA Multimodal Transport Waybill
FIATA Multimodal transport consignment note (FWB) - This is a transport document produced by FIATA for use by multimodal transport operators. The FWB can also be issued as a sea waybill.This document is non-negotiable. The freight forwarder acting as a multimodal transport operator or sea freight forwarder issuing the FWB is responsible for the performance of transport duties. The freight forwarder shall not only be responsible for the transport of the goods to the place of destination, but also for all carriers and third parties involved in the complete execution of the transport.
FFI – FIATA Forwarding Instructions: forwarders usually create and print their own Forwarding Instructions forms to be filled in by customers. However, the formats of the Forwarding Instructions vary from one freight forwarder to another.In order to make these instructions as uniform as possible, FIATA has presented its own model Forwarding Instructions. The form complies with the United Nations standards for basic international trade documents.