On: November 30, 2022     By: David Noah

Bill of Lading vs. Packing List: What's the Difference?

At first glance, the differences between a packing list and bill of lading appear small. But when you understand how and when both are properly used during an import-export transaction, you see how important it is to accurately complete both forms.

On: November 16, 2022     By: David Noah

What You Need to Know about the Canada Customs Invoice

According to the Canada Border Services Agency, the Canada Customs Invoice (CCI) is a special invoice that incorporates more data elements than a standard commercial invoice. It is required for U.S. exports to Canada in certain situations, outlined in this article.

On: November 9, 2022     By: David Noah

How to File Your EEI through ACE and AESDirect

The U.S. requires exporters to submit Electronic Export Information (EEI) on shipments to most foreign destinations if those shipments are valued at more than $2,500. In this article, we answer the most frequently asked questions about filing EEI through AESDirect on the ACE platform.

On: November 2, 2022     By: David Noah

The Beginner's Guide to the Shipper's Letter of Instruction

Exporters use a Shipper's Letter of Instruction (SLI) to provide shipping instructions to their freight forwarders. It's a letter that tells your agent/forwarder how and where they need to send your products. It may also include the information they need to file your EEI through AESDirect.

On: October 10, 2022     By: Catherine J. Petersen

10 Items That Belong on Your Export Commercial Invoices

Your commercial invoice serves several important functions in the export process. Besides helping you get paid, it helps you clear customs, stay compliant with export regulations and collect against insurance policies if anything goes wrong. Here's what needs to appear on your invoices.

On: August 3, 2022     By: David Noah

When Do You Need a Certificate of Free Sale for Your Exports?

A Certificate of Free Sale is a document that indicates a particular product is marketed in the United States or is eligible for export, and that the particular manufacturer has no unresolved enforcement actions pending before or taken by the FDA. You can apply for a Certificate online.

On: July 20, 2022     By: David Noah

Proforma vs. Commercial Invoice: What’s the Difference?

At first glance, the differences between a proforma and commercial invoice appear small. But when you understand how and when both types of invoices are properly used in an import-export transaction, you see how important it is to accurately complete both forms.

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