How to Complete a Commercial Invoice*

The Commercial Invoice is the foundation of all other documents required for international shipping. Information provided on other international shipping documents, including the air waybill or shipping label, must correspond with the Commercial Invoice.

What is It?

The Commercial Invoice is a document between a seller (exporter) and a buyer (importer) with complete listing and description of goods. FedEx provides separate Commercial Invoices forms for use with FedEx Express® and FedEx Ground® international shipping.

Why is It Needed?

It is the primary document used by most foreign customs agencies for import control, valuation, and duty determination.

When is It Needed?

The Commercial Invoice is required for all product/commodity (non-document) shipments for international trade. All FedEx International Ground™ shipments require a Commercial Invoice.

Where Can I Find It?

How to Complete It Effectively

  • The Commercial Invoice for FedEx Express is only appropriate for international FedEx Express shipments (e.g., FedEx International Priority™). For FedEx International Ground™ shipments, always use the Commercial Invoice for FedEx Ground.
  • Always include a copy of your Commercial Invoice INSIDE as well as OUTSIDE the package.
  • Always reference the air waybill or tracking number on the Commercial Invoice.

Please Note: The numbered items below represent areas of the form that shippers often have questions about or complete inaccurately or incorrectly. You must complete all required fields on your customs documents.

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