What is a commercial invoice and do I need one?

A commercial invoice is needed for shipments of any type that travel outside the European Union.  The invoice is used as a customs declaration and is provided by the person or corporation that is exporting the item.

Why an accurate commercial invoice is required

The main commercial invoice requirement is that you complete it accurately before you shop your goods. There are a few reasons for this:

  • It prevents any hold-ups with your shipments (as incorrect information could lead to delays)
  • It ensures your goods are correctly classified and the right taxes and duties are paid
  • There are legal requirements to complete these correctly

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