A Canada Customs Invoice (CCI) is required for all shipments entering Canada that are valued over $2,500 CAD. Do not take the chance of delaying your shipment at the border due to an incomplete or inaccurate CCI. Customs Brokers see this happen often.
Mandatory Fields On A Canada Customs Invoice
The following fields on a CCI are mandatory for Customs clearance, and must be provided at the time of release:
1. Date Of Direct Shipment
This is the date of the goods leaving the place of direct shipment. This is used to obtain the exchange rate which will be used to convert the value for duty into Canadian dollars. Exchange rates vary day to day, which makes it very important to indicate the correct date of shipment on your invoice.
2. Country Of Origin
This field must indicate the country where the products originated from or were manufactured. This will not necessarily be where the products were exported from. The country of origin will help determine if we can apply a free trade agreement to avoid paying duties on the products being imported.
3. Currency Of Sale
This should indicate which funds were used to purchase the goods. This should never be left blank or assumed. Your Customs Broker must convert funds to Canadian dollars in order to file an entry with Canada Customs; this makes it very important to know which funds we are working with.
This field should indicate the total number of pieces being shipped. If Customs examines a shipment, they will want to ensure that the number of pieces declared matches what is loaded on a truck. This makes it very important to ensure accuracy.
This field should indicate the fair market value of the goods. This is required for all goods being imported ? even if a sale has not occurred. Valuation of the items being imported should be based on one of the six valuation methods: transaction value of the goods, transaction value of identical goods, transaction value of similar goods, deductive method, computed method, or residual method.
This must indicate the weight of the goods. This should match up with the carrier?s bill of lading weight. This can also be used to verify accuracy in the case of a Customs examination.
7. Purchaser/Importer Of Record
This field should indicate which party has purchased the goods. It will identify which party is responsible for handling the Customs clearance, any duty, and taxes that are owing on the items being imported.
Canada Customs Invoice Example
Here is an example of a properly completed Canada Customs Invoice. Click the link or the thumbnail image for a detailed view.
Interested in learning more about about documentation for importing into Canada? Pacific Customs Brokers hosts a series of Trade Compliance Seminars throughout the year.