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All commercial invoices should contain the following information (CFR
- 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)
- Include all information required on your Customs invoices.
- Prepare your invoices carefully. Type them clearly. Allow sufficient
space between lines. Keep the data within each column.
- Make sure that your invoices contain the information that would
be shown on a well-prepared packing list.
- Mark and number each package so it can be identified with the corresponding
marks and numbers appearing on your invoice.
- Show a detailed description on your invoice of each item of merchandise
contained in each individual package.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Work with U.S. Customs to develop packing standards for your commodities.
- 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.
- Consider shipping on a carrier participating in the Automated Manifest
- If you use a licensed customs broker for your transaction, consider
using a firm that participates in the Automated Broker Interface (ABI).