FedEx® Electronic Trade Documents
Enjoy a smoother customs clearance process when you submit your customs documents electronically with FedEx Electronic Trade Documents.
Quick customs reviews, reduced customs delays and increased shipping reliability.
Eliminates the need to print and match multiple copies of paperwork to individual packages.
A pouch is not required for commercial invoices, so small items can be shipped in small boxes, potentially reducing shipping costs.
Learn more about the benefits of using FedEx Electronic Trade Documents and how you can get started.
Select the FedEx technology solution you use most frequently for your international shipments to view the FedEx Electronic Trade Documents setup process.
3 Ways to Upload Customs Documents
FedEx 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 fedex.ca, 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 through 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 through your shipping solution* after the label has been created. Post Shipment Document Upload (PSDU) is an 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.
Post-Shipment Document Upload (PSDU)
With Post-Shipment Document Upload, you can upload customs documents through your shipping solution after the label has been created.
The Electronic With Original (EWO) feature on ETD allows customers using FedEx Ship Manager Server and FedEx Web Services to use ETD for shipments to countries/territories that do not accept electronic trade documents. Now shippers can upload their customs documents for any country/territory, for the benefit of an early broker review, which gives the customer advance notice of potential issues with their shipments. For countries/territories that are not ETD eligible, an original document must be placed in the pouch on the package to comply with destination regulatory requirements.
*Only available with FedEx Web Services, FedEx Ship Manager Server, FedEx Ship Manager Software and FedEx Global Trade Manager.