7 Key Elements Of A Commercial Invoice

7 Key Elements Of A Commercial Invoice

In our previous post, you learned about the importance of the Canada Customs Invoice (CCI). Even though we recommend the use of the CCI form, sometimes you will have to use a commercial invoice, you need to ensure that your commercial invoice includes all information required for Customs clearance.

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7 Key Elements Of A Commercial Invoice

1. Vendor

The party that the commodities are being purchased from.

2. Importer Of Record

The party that is responsible for any applicable duties and taxes.

3. Consignee

The location that the shipment is being delivered to.

4. Full Description Of Commodities

Including what the goods are made out of - in layman's terms.

5. Quantity And Value

The quantity of each item being shipped, with corresponding unit of measure, and a broken down value.

6. Currency

The currency of sale on your invoice.

7. Country of Origin

The country where the good was manufactured in, not the country they are being shipped from.

Without this basic information, the Customs clearance and delivery of your shipment may very likely be delayed until the information is obtained.

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Gloria Terhaar
CCS (CA/US), CTCS, CBSA Prof. Designate

Gloria Terhaar began her career in Canadian customs brokerage 2007. She currently works in our Canadian division as a Trade Compliance Supervisor and Regulatory Compliance Specialist. Gloria has extensive experience in all aspects of documentation and regulatory requirements as they relate to importing products into Canada. Gloria is often called upon to train industry with some recent talks for MNP, the Surrey Board of Trade, TFO Canada and the BC Produce Marketing Association. In 2018, Gloria also participated in the Canadian Produce Marketing Association and the Canadian Horticultural Council advocacy event "Fall Harvest" in Ottawa where she participated in advocacy efforts for the Canadian produce industry.

While we strive for accuracy in all our communications, as the Importer of Record it is incumbent upon your company to ensure that you are aware of the requirements under the new regulations so that you maintain compliance as always.