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Here is a list of the types of documents you may be required to create:

Commercial Invoice
  • Functions as a "bill of sale" between the shipper (seller) and  the receiver (buyer) and is considered the most important form for international shipping
  • Identifies the products being shipped, including origin, use and value
  • Lists the total value of each item, plus the number of packages and total weight
  • One original and two copies are required for all international non-document shipments

Harmonized tariff codes are defined by customs authorities internationally and are the universal customs standard that you must use to conduct trade efficiently on a global scale. UPS TradeAbilityTM 
Harmonizer can quickly and accurately identify tariff codes for your products.

You may also need to meet special invoice requirements for the country of destination and verify compliance of your import shipments. UPS TradeAbilityTM will help you verify compliance with country-specific trade regulations, procedures, tariffs, laws, and administrative rulings.

NOTE: Information provided by UPS is provided AS IS, may not be current, and does not constitute legal advice. In no event shall UPS be liable for any errors in the information, forms or features made available by UPS, or by any third party site linked to from UPS. Selection and completion of proper forms for any given shipment is the sole responsibility of the shipper. All shipments are subject to the UPS Tariff/Terms and Conditions of Service in effect at the time of shipping for the country of origin.

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U.S. Certificate of Origin
  • Used to authenticate that the country of origin of the merchandise being shipped in the United States
  • Sometimes required to verify the country in which goods are manufactured
 

Harmonized tariff codes are defined by customs authorities internationally and are the universal customs standard that you must use to conduct trade efficiently on a global scale. UPS TradeAbilityTM 
Harmonizer can quickly and accurately identify tariff codes for your products.

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NAFTA Certificate of Origin
  • Authenticates the country of origin of the merchandise being shipped under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
  • Required to qualify shipments to Canada or Mexico for the reduced or eliminated duty allowed under NAFTA
  • Shipment should be valued at greater than:
    • US$1,000 to Mexico
    • US$1,600 to Canada
    • US$2,500 to U.S. from Mexico or Canada
 

Harmonized tariff codes are defined by customs authorities internationally and are the universal customs standard that you must use to conduct trade efficiently on a global scale. UPS TradeAbilityTM 
Harmonizer can quickly and accurately identify tariff codes for your products.

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Electronic Export Information (EEI)
  • Used for developing export statistics controls
  • Required for shipping single commodities valued at more than US$2,500 or commodities requiring a license or license exception
  • Not required for shipments to the U.S. (except from Puerto Rico)
  • Can be filed electronically with the U.S. Census Bureau using their Automated Export System (AES) which can then provide the AES transaction number to UPS
  • Can enclose an EEI with the lead package in multi-package shipment
 

In order to complete an EEI, it is necessary to look up the commodity Schedule B codes provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Classify Your Commodity

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