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Commercial Invoice (French)

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What is a Commercial Invoice?
You’ve received an international order, and your goods are ready for shipping. It’s time to prepare a commercial invoice to include with your shipment. The commercial invoice should include details of the entire export transaction, from start to finish.
The buyer, the freight forwarder, U.S. and foreign customs, the import broker, the marine insurance company, and both your bank and the buyer’s bank will look to the commercial invoice for important instructions. That’s why, if it’s completed improperly, it can cause confusion, delays and disagreements.
A commercial invoice is required by the destination country before clearing goods through customs. It’s also an important supporting document if an insurance claim is filed on a shipment. And it plays an important role in payment: The bank will look at it before releasing funds under a letter of credit.
Remember, a commercial invoice is different from a proforma invoice. A proforma invoice is a quote prepared by the exporter. It resembles a commercial invoice, but they’re not the same!  

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Commercial Invoice (French) FAQs

  • What is the difference between a commercial invoice and a regular invoice?

    A commercial invoice is used in international trade to request payment and provide detailed information about the goods sold, including customs-related details. A regular invoice, also known as a standard invoice or sales invoice, is typically used in domestic transactions and is issued by a seller to a buyer to request payment for goods or services rendered.

  • What must be on a commercial invoice?

    A commercial invoice in international trade typically includes the product classification, country of origin, Incoterms 2020 rules, proper value of goods, destination control statement, and additional details such as export license information and import country requirements. It is important to provide accurate information and have the invoice signed in blue ink with three copies provided.

  • Can I make my own commercial invoice?

    It is easy to create your own commercial invoice by downloading the free template on this page. It will walk you through the information required, including product classification, country of origin, Incoterms 2020 rules, proper value of goods and additional information. 

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