• Shipper’s instructions to carrier for forwarding goods; usually the triplicate copy of the bill of lading.
  • Equivalent of booking and contract of carriage evidencing the agreement to transport goods.
  • A set of documents of carriers or forwarders which allows the shippers to book shipping space with them. There are a number of copies with the same form and contents but with different names such as the 1st copy is called Shipping Order and the remainders are called Shipping Order Copy or Dock Receipt for different purposes such as space control, surveyor and sworn measurer, confirmation of receipt of cargoes/containers, etc. As EDI is more popular nowadays and used by both the shipper and Customs, hardcopy Shipping Order is no longer widely used.