(general) All or any of the financial and commercial documents relating to a transaction.
Documents in an international trade transaction may include commercial invoice, consular invoice, customs invoice, certificate of origin, bill of lading, inspection certificates, bills of exchange and others.
(banking) The documents required for a letter of credit or documentary collection (documents against payment or documents against acceptance) transaction. See letter of credit; documentary collection.
(customs) The documents required by the customs authority of a country to effect entry of merchandise into the country. See entry.
(shipping) The function of receiving, matching, reviewing, and preparing all the paperwork necessary to effect the shipment of cargo. This includes bills of lading, dock receipts, export declarations, manifests, etc.