An export invoice is an umbrella term that encompasses exporting forms like the Commercial Invoice and the Proforma Invoice—forms that indicate the buyer and seller of the goods, a description of the items, the items’ value, and the terms or proposed terms of the sale. Many governments use export invoices for calculating and assessing customs duties and taxes.
Though they are often confused with one another, export invoices and accounting invoices are not the same. Sometimes, customers look at our sample export invoice forms and call our office with questions, worried because our forms have either extra information they’re unfamiliar with or think a form is missing information because it doesn’t have the fields they’re used to seeing on their invoices.
So, what’s the confusion?