When using an integrated shipping carrier, electronic manifests will automatically be created based on the shipping consignments generated as part of the pack stage of order processing. Manifests can then be submitted to the carrier via your control panel when the carrier picks up your freight. In most cases the carriers will also request a printed copy of the manifest.
Best practice is to submit your manifest only after the goods have been accepted by the carrier. Submitting a manifest is not a method of alerting the carrier that a pick up is required, so you will still need to book pickups in your usual manner. Once submitted you cannot edit or delete consignments from a manifest.
Important: Most carriers will bill you based on the contents of your manifest (so it’s important to check your manifests before submitting).
The option to “lock” a manifest is also available. Locking a manifest closes it off without submitting it. Any new consignments created for the related carrier will be put on a new manifest. This feature is often used in instances where you pack orders days in advance of a carrier picking up the items. Click on the Lock Manifest button to lock a manifest.