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All commercial invoices should contain the following information (CFR 141.86):

  • Shipper's name and address
  • Buyer's name and address
  • Consignee's name, address, and U.S. tax number
  • Country of origin
  • Detailed description of the products
  • Terms of sale
  • Purchase price and currency of purchase
  • Related charges, such as freight, insurance, rebates, licensing fees, discounts, and assists
  • Pieces and weight
  • Net unit of measurement (kg, number, pieces)

For faster Customs clearance:

source: Importing into the United States: A Guide for Commercial Importers (2002 edition)

  1. Include all information required on your Customs invoices.
  2. Prepare your invoices carefully. Type them clearly. Allow sufficient space between lines. Keep the data within each column.
  3. Make sure that your invoices contain the information that would be shown on a well-prepared packing list.
  4. Mark and number each package so it can be identified with the corresponding marks and numbers appearing on your invoice.
  5. Show a detailed description on your invoice of each item of merchandise contained in each individual package.
  6. Mark your goods legibly and conspicuously with the country of origin unless they are specifically exempted from country-of-origin marking requirements, and with such other marking as is required by the marking laws of the United States.
  7. Comply with the provisions of any special laws of the United States that may apply to your goods, such as laws relating to food, drugs, cosmetics, alcoholic beverages, radioactive materials, and others.
  8. Observe the instructions closely with respect to invoicing, packaging, marking, labeling, etc., sent to you by your customer in the United States. He or she has probably made a careful check of the requirements that will have to be met when your merchandise arrives.
  9. Work with U.S. Customs to develop packing standards for your commodities.
  10. Establish sound security procedures at your facility and while transporting your goods for shipment. Do not give narcotics smugglers the opportunity to introduce narcotics into your shipment.
  11. Consider shipping on a carrier participating in the Automated Manifest System.
  12. If you use a licensed customs broker for your transaction, consider using a firm that participates in the Automated Broker Interface (ABI).
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