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In respect of international cargo transportation from the USA, all cargo exporting from the USA must correspond with some sort of commercial invoices attached. International freight carriers will not release any cargo shipping from the USA without a commercial invoice. A commercial invoice is a mandatory document on transporting cargo from the USA. It will be required by origin and destination customs to check the legality of shipping from USA goods and assign customs duty and fees.

Note: If shipping household goods or personal effects from the USA overseas, then a Valued Packing List may substitute commercial invoices. Properly filed valued packing list on transporting from USA cargo reflects all the information provided in commercial invoices. However, when goods enter destination country's commerce zone, customs in some countries may ask to transfer valued packing list initially submitted at origin into a form of commercial invoice anyway.

However, when transporting from the USA, commercial invoices submitted to U.S. Customs, to get U.S. Customs release, forms of shipping documentation that are sufficient to U.S. Customs may not always be enough for destination customs. You should not really worry about that. If destination customs insists, then you can furnish any other shipping documents to your importing goods at the destination. Your Customs Broker should be able to transform shipping documents initially provided in the United States into a format required by the destination customs.


Suggestions on submitting Commercial Invoices to cargo shipping from the USA

  1. If you transport from the USA a commercial cargo, then, at a time of purchase, always request your merchant a commercial invoice in a format acceptable to the international shipping from the USA.

  2. The format of a commercial invoice from you merchant may vary. Consider the essential information that must be presented in commercial invoices on in shipping from the USA in this Valued Packing List.

  3. If you are shipping from USA household goods or personal effects, then you have to fill out and submit your Valued Packing List anyway.    


General requirements on the format of Commercial Invoices in shipping from the USA

Commercial Invoices to international shipping from the USA must be in English. It must provide the following information (See Section 141.86 of U.S. customs regulations on international shipping merchandises from the United States of America):


Our online form of Proforma Commercial Invoice for on shipping from the USA

Commercial international shippers should request merchants for commercial invoices in a form acceptable by international Ocean freight carriers and U.S. Customs to shipping from the USA. Household goods and Personal Effects transporting from the USA overseas must be accompanied by the corresponding shipping document as well.

Otherwise, our clients should be able to fill out and submit a Valued Packing List that is considered a Proforma Commercial Invoice online via the link in our shipping instructions. This shipping document should be acceptable by international freight carriers and U.S. Customs. Upon your booking request online on our website, we will e-mail you this link in our shipping instructions. You may try the fully working version of the form of the shipping document in this link.

IMPORTANT NOTE TO SHIPMENTS TO/VIA EUROPEAN UNION: 24H E.U. Rule effective on January 1st, 2011. All commercial invoices or valued packing lists for shipments to/via E.U. require filing at least first six digits of U.S. Harmonized Tariff Schedule in the H.S. Code column. Shippers to other counties may leave the H.S. Code column blank. However, filing H.S. Codes to other countries is highly recommended.

Shippers may find U.S. Harmonized Tariff Schedule in the following websites: or or

For more information, please refer to this link

Note that each shipping document to your shipping from the USA submitted via our shipping instructions is unique. It is generated individually on your international ocean freight shipment and pre-formatted based on the information that you have provided when booked the shipment online.

IMPORTANT! While submit or receive your international shipping documents online, always double check all information in the document. If you see any errors or typos, urgently re-submit the document or ask us to correct it. During submitting your international shipping documents for your shipping from the USA, you will have several opportunities to edit and re-submit the shipping documents. Keep in mind, as soon as shipping documents are submitted to the ocean freight carrier; all further correction may be subject to amendment fees.  Be possible only at a time when you recover your international shipment at the destination. As soon as you shipping goods are entered in the commerce zone of your destination country, all further amendments will be under supervision of the destination customs.

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