What is a Booking Confirmation?

Part of the Key Freight Documents Guide


A Booking Confirmation serves as a receipt for the main shipment leg (ie, ocean or air).

It includes:

  • A booking number
  • Equipment used (eg, size and numbers of pallets)
  • Transport plan (origin, destination, ETAs).
  • Load itinerary

Why do I need a Booking Confirmation?

The Booking Confirmation number is often used as the main shipment tracking code.

Each carrier provides one to your freight forwarder, who then forwards it on to you.

Other Key Documents

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