Terms & Glossaries of Shipping and Trading

Booking Number

Booking Number is the reservation number used to secure equipment and act as a control number prior to the completion of a bill of lading. It is also the common reference for the carrier, the client and the terminal, truckers, etc.

What is Booking Number?

A booking number is a numerical value assigned to the reservation of a place or service. The number is used to identify (in some cases, trace) the status of goods, storage or services provided by suppliers. For shipping, it is the reservation number issued by a carrier or freight forwarder to shippers. Mostly, the booking number is found on the receipt, invoice, tickets, etc received by customers after making a reservation. The term booking number is also known as PNR Code, reference number, or confirmation number.