What is a Shipping Quote?

Part of the Key Freight Documents Guide


A Shipping Quote is a document that breaks down the individual legs of a shipment and the surcharges each will incur, as per your freight quote. These include:

  • Information about where your cargo is the being shipped to and from.
  • The transport mode and equipment being used (eg, by ocean on pallets).
  • Shipment details, including dimensions, weight and a description of the goods.

Most Shipping Quotes have an expiration date which indicates how long the price is valid.

What is A Freight Quote

Why do I need a Shipping Quote?

Your Shipping Quote kicks off the shipment process. It serves as evidence of your freight forwarder’s commitment to providing the promised service.

Other Key Documents

Commercial Invoice | Certificate of Origin | Material Safety Data Sheet | Shipper’s Letter of Instruction | Booking Confirmation | Bill of Lading/Air Waybill | Packing List | Letter of Credit