Understand Customs Documentation

The most commonly required documents for sending an international shipment include the Commercial Invoice, Export Declaration (B13A), Certificate of Origin, Toxic Substances Control Act form, and the U.S. FCC Form 740. The details of your shipment will determine which documents are required.

Commercial Invoice (CI)

The Commercial Invoice is prepared by the exporter and is required by the foreign buyer to prove ownership and arrange for payment.

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Export Declaration (B13A)

A B13A is a customs declaration required by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to report exports from Canada that are valued at CAD$2,000 or greater.

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Certificate of Origin

The Certificate of Origin is a signed declaration from the manufacturer of the goods indicating that the goods are of Canadian origin and meets the requirements of a free trade agreement.

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Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Form

The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) form is required for most chemical goods, water samples and products that fall under the jurisdiction of the EPA and are being imported into the U.S.

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U.S. FCC Form 740

This form provides the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with a declaration that imported radio frequency devices meet with FCC guidelines or will be brought into compliance with applicable technical rules.

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