FedEx® Electronic Trade Documents

For a smoother customs clearance process, transmit your customs documentation electronically with FedEx Electronic Trade Documents. This simple, efficient, and reliable solution helps you avoid customs delays and ensures timely delivery of your international packages.

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Be efficient

Upload your own customs documents or use FedEx generated trade documents. You can also customize your electronic trade documents by uploading your company letterhead and signature image.

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Save time and money

Upload and submit trade documents electronically to eliminate the need for manual signing, folding, stuffing and attaching customs documents to each shipment. Plus, save on paper, energy, and printing costs.

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Enjoy peace of mind

Get a head start on customs clearance by submitting your trade documents ahead of your shipment. FedEx Electronic Trade Documents provides pre-clearance assistance and proactive problem resolution, so you can reduce the chance of customs delays.

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Say Hello to Streamlined International Shipping

FedEx Electronic Trade Documents is a simple, efficient, and reliable solution for trade and customs document submission that allows you to:

  • Transmit customs documents generated by FedEx, or upload your own customs documents as files or images created on your own systems in your preferred file format (e.g., PDF, Microsoft® Word, Microsoft® Excel, scanned image etc.). Either way, they are submitted electronically.
  • Submit customs documents without printing paper copies and placing them in the pouch attached to your shipment, which streamlines your document submission time and reduces the risk of lost, missing, or damaged documentation.
  • Add a company letterhead and signature image to the FedEx generated Commercial Invoice or Pro Forma Invoice.
  • Gain additional time to resolve any issues — such as missing information — with customs documents before shipment arrival.
  • Set preferences to simplify completion of the Customs screen.
  • Set defaults for the customs documents you upload.
  • Use the feature as needed (can be turned on and off).


Now you can also:

  • Use FedEx Electronic Trade Documents to submit your Commercial Invoice electronically for FedEx International Ground® shipments.
  • Submit customs documents to FedEx for future-day shipments or any date from today’s date to 10 days in the future.
  • Produce end-of-day and ad-hoc reports for FedEx Electronic Trade Documents shipments, including the FedEx Ground Batch Upload Failure Report, FedEx Express Batch Upload Failure Report, FedEx Express ETD Shipment Report and FedEx Ground ETD Shipment Report.

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Say Hello to Streamlined International Shipping

FedEx now provides three ways to upload customs documents via FedEx Electronic Trade Documents:

Option 1: Pre-shipment

Prior to creating your label on FedEx Ship Manager at, customs documents may be uploaded. Use Global Trade Manager’s Documentation Preparation Center to create and save your customs documents for later use. Then, when creating your label on FedEx Ship Manager, you can select “Attach from Document Preparation Center” to upload the document you previously created.

Option 2: At-shipment

Customs documents may be uploaded by your shipping solution at the same time your label is being created. This is the most commonly used method to upload your customs documents. You can either choose to take advantage of the Commercial Invoice generated by FedEx or decide to use your own Commercial Invoice that you created.

Option 3: Post-shipment

Customs documents may be uploaded by your shipping solution after the label has been created. Post Shipment Document Upload (PSDU) is a new option that is ideal for shippers who create their own Commercial Invoices and do not have customs documents ready before or while the label is created.

Additional Option: Electronic with Originals (EWO)

The Electronic with Originals option allows you to upload your customs documents for countries that require paper copies for customs clearance, which means:

  • Companies that require paper copies or paper with original signature can now use FedEx Electronic Trade Documents.
  • Shipments containing Dangerous Goods and Dry Ice may be eligible for electronic trade document submission.

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Learn more about the benefits of using FedEx Electronic Trade Documents and how you can get started.

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Enable FedEx Electronic Trade Documents

Review this quick guide to find everything you need to create and upload your customs documents.

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Set Up Post-Shipment Document Upload

Post-Shipment Document Upload now allows customs documents to be uploaded after a label has been created.

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FedEx Electronic Trade Documents FAQs

What is FedEx Electronic Trade Documents?

FedEx Electronic Trade Documents is an international shipping solution that allows you to submit your customs documentation electronically so you no longer need to print multiple copies — it’s all automated.

Why should I use FedEx Electronic Trade Documents?

It will simplify the international shipping process. You don’t have to print, sign, fold, and attach multiple copies of trade documentation to each shipment. You can save money on printing documents and save time on processing international shipments.

What are the key benefits of the FedEx Electronic Trade Documents?

FedEx Electronic Trade Documents helps you simplify the international shipping process, makes operational efficiencies possible by helping you save paper and reducing your printing costs, and provides peace of mind.

  • Upload trade documents in advance of your shipment, allowing time for pre-clearance assistance.
  • Upload company letterhead and signature images to help you comply with customs clearance requirements in some countries.
  • Lower your consumption of paper, printers, toner, and shipping materials, and reduce your carbon footprint.
  • Reduce customs delays, which increases your shipping reliability and improves your reputation.
  • Save time when preparing documentation, enabling you to perform other departmental tasks, and improving your company’s productivity and profits.
  • Reduce the chances of shipment thefts because there are no invoices on the package and commodity information is not revealed to third parties.

How does FedEx Electronic Trade Documents streamline the customs clearance process?

It allows you to send the customs documentation much earlier. If there is any missing or additional information needed, you will be notified earlier, reducing the impacts of any shipment delays or caged shipments.

What countries can accept a shipment using FedEx Electronic Trade Documents?

FedEx Electronic Trade Documents can be used for both imports and exports. View the list of available countries to see if it is accepted in the countries you ship to/from.

What kinds of shipments can use FedEx Electronic Trade Documents?

It is available for both FedEx Express® and FedEx Ground® shipments. FedEx Electronic Trade Documents is most beneficial for non-document or commodity shippers who have a LAN-based connection.

What are my options to prepare international trade documents?

You can prepare, store, and reuse customs documents online with the FedEx Document Preparation Center on FedEx Global® Trade Manager. The International Document Help section has additional information on how to complete your customs documentation.

What are my options for uploading international trade documents?

You can choose to either electronically submit your own trade documents or take advantage of documents generated by FedEx. The choice is yours.

Does this mean that I no longer need to print trade documentation?

You may be required to submit original paperwork based on the destination country requirements. The Country Profiles feature on FedEx® Global Trade Manager provides an overview of essential, country-specific shipping information and regulatory requirements, including proper documentation, special clearance requirements, what duties and taxes will need to be paid, and much more. Please remember to print your international shipping label for all shipments.

Do I still have to print my shipping label?

Yes. FedEx Electronic Trade Documents allows you to submit customs documentation electronically, but you must still print a shipping label.