A Commercial Invoice (CI) is a document used for customs declaration to identify the value and quantity of the shipped products.
In order for Flexport to help clear your shipment quickly and efficiently, our Flexport Customs team needs a digital copy of your shipment’s complete and accurate Commercial Invoice & Packing List (PL) to clear your shipment through U.S. Customs.
What must be included in the Commercial Invoice?
- Country of origin / manufacture (where the products were made)
- Full name and address of the supplier / manufacturer
- Full name and address of the importer of record (business or person buying the products
- Full name and address of the person or business to whom the goods are being shipped
- Quantity of units for each product
- Unit value for each product ( in US dollars and/or the supplier's currency)
Note: A declared value for every product imported is required. We suggest the fair market value of the product be declared, even if you are receiving the goods free of charge.
- A complete description of the product: what the product is, what the product is used for, and what the product is made of
Example Commercial Invoice
Here's an example of a complete Commercial Invoice, with required elements circled (there's a legend at the bottom explaining each requirement):
Commercial Invoice Template
Here is a copy of a blank commercial invoice that you or your supplier may use as a template:
This Commercial Invoice template is available for you below, in three file formats: