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All shipments containing non-documents require a commercial invoice.
Three copies of the commercial invoice or pro forma invoice (if a commercial invoice is not available) are required for all your non-document shipments. Business or personal stationery may be used for these invoices if it contains all the required shipment information that is on your invoice.
Note: UPS Connect generates export documentation automatically.
The Commercial Invoice should include:
Some destinations require a Certificate of Origin (CO) for certain commodities. The purpose of the CO is to authenticate the country of origin of the merchandise being shipped.
For those forms that are completed online, this application is designed for goods whose origin is the U.S. or Puerto Rico only.
The CO may be required to comply with international trade treaties, varying duty rates, and preferential duty treatment that are determined by the shipment's origin.
The CO verifies the country in which the goods were manufactured. The commodity being exported and its destination determine if the CO is required. Some nations restrict imports from certain countries; many countries limit the quantity of goods that are allowed to be imported, or give preference to goods manufactured in the U.S.
This form requires the authorized signature of the local Chamber of Commerce Secretary and the seal of that organization.
If the goods qualify as North American Origin, use the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) CO for shipments between Canada, Mexico, and the U.S., including Puerto Rico. (See NAFTA Certificate of Origin below.)
Note: The rules for when a CO is needed change often. Verify the current criteria requiring a CO before sending your shipment. The descriptions and amounts on the CO must be consistent with those entered on the Invoice.
The NAFTA Certificate of Origin is used by Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the United States to determine whether imported goods receive reduced or eliminated duty as specified by the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
For forms completed online, this application is designed for goods whose origin is the U.S. or Puerto Rico only. The NAFTA Certificate of Origin is also available as a paperless document, which can be transmitted electronically as part of your Paperless Invoice package (where available). When shipping from the U.S. or Canada, prepare one original and two copies of the invoice. When shipping from Puerto Rico, prepare one original and one copy.
The NAFTA Certificate of Origin must be attached to an invoice if the shipment is valued at greater than:
Shipments valued at less than the above amounts do not require a NAFTA Certificate of Origin. Instead, the customer should type the following statement on the shipment's invoice:
"I hereby certify that the good covered by this shipment qualifies as an originating good for purposes of preferential tariff treatment under the NAFTA."
For purposes of obtaining preferential tariff treatment, this document must be completed legibly (print or type) and in full by the exporter, and be in the possession of the importer at the time the declaration is made. This document may also be completed voluntarily by the producer for use by the exporter.
UPS TradeAbilityTM offers a variety of forms for your international shipments. You can complete some forms online or browse the library of downloadable documents. Supply shipment information once and apply it to multiple forms as needed. The following forms can be completed online:
To access international forms, go to the CampusShip Resources tab and select Use International Tools. From this page, select Access International Forms. This link takes you to a page where you can download sample forms or complete forms online.
New U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations require more information in order for food imports to clear the U.S. Bureau of Customs, Border Protection and the FDA.
Based on your shipment's Ship From and Ship To addresses, the shipping application may display a link to this form near the bottom of the Complete a Shipment page. Select the link to complete the Complete Prior Notice Form online.
The Packing List, which details the specific contents of each package, is an optional document you may choose to include in your shipment. It is similar to, but does not replace, the Commercial Invoice, which is used by customs to assess duties and fees. Because the Packing List does not include information about the cost or value of the contents, it can be used in cases where the contents will be forwarded to a third-party, such as a customer or vendor.
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