The 10 most commonly used documents in the supply chain and logistics field include:


Purchase Order (PO):

  • A document issued by a buyer to a supplier, specifying the products or services to be purchased, quantities, agreed prices, and terms of delivery.


Bill of Lading (B/L):

  • A document issued by a carrier to acknowledge the receipt of goods, confirm the contract of carriage, and outline the terms and conditions of transportation.


Packing List:

  • A document that provides a detailed list of all the items included in a shipment, including their quantities, weights, dimensions, and packaging information.


Commercial Invoice:

  • A document issued by the seller to the buyer, itemizing the goods or services provided, their values, and terms of payment.


Delivery Note:

  • A document used to confirm the delivery of goods to a customer or recipient. It includes details such as the date, quantity, and condition of the delivered items.


Customs Declaration:

  • A document required for international shipments, providing information about the exported or imported goods, their value, origin, and other relevant details necessary for customs clearance.


Warehouse Receipt:

  • A document issued by a warehouse operator to acknowledge the receipt of goods into a warehouse facility. It serves as proof of ownership and is often used for inventory management and insurance purposes.


Certificate of Origin:

  • A document that certifies the country of origin of goods being exported. It may be required for customs clearance and to qualify for preferential trade agreements or tariff reductions.


Quality Inspection Report:

  • A document generated after a quality inspection of goods, providing details of the inspection results, including any defects or discrepancies found.



  •   The CMR (Convention on the Contract for the International Carriage of Goods by Road) is an international agreement that governs the transportation of goods by road. The CMR is accompanied by the CMR consignment note, which serves as a key document in road freight transportation.


These documents play a crucial role in facilitating smooth operations, ensuring legal compliance, and maintaining proper documentation throughout the supply chain and logistics processes.