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FedEx® Electronic Trade Documents

FedEx® Electronic Trade Documents

Enjoy a smooth customs clearance process.

Enjoy a smooth customs clearance process.

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, ensures timely delivery of your international packages and reduces the paperwork you need to print.

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Be Efficient

Upload your own customs documents or use FedEx generated trade documents. You can also customise 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.

Save on paper

Save on paper and printing for your worldwide shipments

With FedEx Electronic Trade Documents activated, benefit from less labels to print for all your shipments coming from and going to any of the countries worldwide.

Say Hello to Streamlined International Shipping

With FedEx Electronic Trade Documents, you can:
  • 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, documents are submitted electronically.

  • Submit customs documents without printing paper copies and placing them in the pouch attached to your shipment. This 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 issues with customs documents, such as missing information, before shipment arrival.

  • Set preferences to simplify completion of the Customs screen.

  • Set defaults for the customs documents you upload.

  • Turn the solution on and off as needed.

  • Submit customs documents to FedEx for future-day shipments or any date from today’s date to 10 days in the future.

Options for Uploading Customs Documents

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 fedex.com, customs documents may be uploaded. Use Global Trade Manager's Documentation Preparation Centre 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 Centre" 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 upload your own Commercial Invoice in your preferred format (e.g. PDF, Microsoft® Word, Microsoft® Excel, scanned image etc.). Either way, they are submitted electronically.

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.

Option 4: 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. This 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.

FedEx Electronic Trade Documents is an automated international shipping solution that allows you to submit your customs documentation electronically. It reduces the amount of paper you print for each shipment, allows for faster pickup and helps to pre-clear your shipments. With ETD you reduce the risk of your shipment being delayed in customs and benefit from a better service.

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.

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.
  • ave 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.

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.

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.

It’s 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.

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

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

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.

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Enable FedEx Electronic Trade Documents

Find everything you need to create and upload your customs documents.

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Set Up Post-Shipment Document Upload

Upload customs documents after your label has been created.

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The FedEx paperless processing solution is aimed at reducing paper waste and creating more efficient ways of conducting business for our customers and employees. FedEx paperless processing is part of our sustainability initiative, EarthSmart®, a FedEx commitment to connect the world in responsible and resourceful ways.