How to complete a Commercial Invoice
The Commercial Invoice is the primary document used by most foreign customs agencies for import control, valuation and duty determination.
- International Air Waybill number
Enter the FedEx International Air Waybill number, our main reference for your shipment.
- Export references (ie. order number, invoice number, etc.)
An invoice number is always required for customs
- Shipper / Exporter
Complete name, address, telephone number and exporter’s EORI or Tax ID number
- Consignee / Importer
Complete name, address, telephone number and importer’s EORI or Tax ID number
- Importer – if other than consignee
If the shipment will be handled by an importer who is not the recipient, complete full name, address and telephone number.
- Full description of goods
The description should answer:
- What is it?
- How many are there?
- What is it made of?
- What is it intended for?
- Two steel springs for woodworking machine
- 30 pages of legal documents
- Food — one can of sliced peaches
- Country of Manufacture
Complete the country in which each of the commodities in your shipment was originally manufactured or produced. If you have multiple commodities with different countries of manufacture, please include each country of manufacture beside each product description.
- Unit Value
A true customs value is required, even if there is no transactional value for the goods being shipped. If you have multiple commodities with different values, please include each value beside each product description.
Before you sign the declaration, ensure that all the information is consistent with the Air Waybill. Please place the original commercial invoice and two copies, all individually signed, on the package, together with the Air Waybill.
Beware if the importer is not European, a tax representative in France is mandatory.
How to complete your Air Waybill online and upload your customs documentation with FedEx Ship Manager® at fedex.com
Step 1 – Enable your Electronic Trade Documents (only needed once)
Log in to FedEx Ship Manager at fedex.com
Step 2 – Enter Shipping Information
Step 3 – Enter Product or Commodity Information
Step 4 – Print Labels and Documents
Note: If you have not uploaded your Commercial Invoice in FedEx Ship Manager®, please print three copies of your Commercial Invoice, sign them and put them on your shipment together with the Air Waybill