(law/banking/shipping) (a) An original or official paper that serves as proof, evidence or support of something. (b) Any recorded information, regardless of its physical form or characteristics, including, without limitation, written or printed matter, tapes, charts, maps, paintings, drawings, engravings, sketches, working notes and papers; reproductions of such things by any means or process; and sound, voice, magnetic, or electronic recordings in any form.
(computers) Any computer file created within an application program. A document can contain text, audio, and/or video. Examples include a letter written in a word processing application, a digital photograph, a digitized audio recording or an e-mail message.
The most common documents in international trade are the commercial invoice and bill of lading. Each type of document in international trade follows a particular format and requires specific types of information.
In international trade, and especially in documentary letters of credit and documentary collections, the term document has legally come to include an electronic document or electronic record of a document.