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Commercial Invoice

Download Sample Commercial Invoice Form
File NameLast Updated
01/16/2017

About the Commercial Invoice

A commercial invoice form is used for all shipments containing non-documents. The commercial invoice is the primary document used for importation control, valuation, and duty determination. This document identifies the products being shipped.

The form should include:

  • Complete name and address information for both shipper and consignee
  • Phone numbers for both shipper and consignee
  • Terms of Sale (Incoterm)
  • Reason for export
  • A complete description of the item
  • What is the item?
  • What is the item used for?
  • Harmonized Tariff Codes, if known
  • Country of origin (where manufactured) for each commodity
  • Number of units, unit value, and total value (purchase price) of each item
  • Number of packages and total weight
  • Shipper's signature and date


A nominal or fair market value must be stated for items of no commercial value.

Need Help?

Use this easy-to-understand guide to help complete your commercial invoice form for export shipments.