What is a Commercial Invoice?

Part of the Key Freight Documents Guide


A Commercial Invoice serves as a proof of sale. It includes information like:

  • Details of the Buyer and Seller.
  • Information about the consignee (ie, to whom and where the shipment will be delivered).
  • The notifying parties, such as customs agents.
  • A description of the goods, including the HS code.
  • The value of the goods, from which the customs duties will eventually be levied.

Why do I need a Commercial Invoice?

A Commercial Invoice includes the same information found on a standard invoice, in addition to the freight-related information required by customs for customs clearance.

Other Key Documents

Shipping Quote | Certificate of Origin | Material Safety Data Sheet | Shipper’s Letter of Instruction | Booking Confirmation | Bill of Lading/Air Waybill | Packing List | Letter of Credit