What is a commercial invoice and do I need one?

All documentation will be provided at the end of the booking process.

A commercial invoice is needed for shipments of any type that travel outside the European Union.  The invoice is used as a customs declaration and is provided by the person or corporation that is exporting the item.

The key to smooth customs handling is a complete and correct commercial invoice. Customs authorities need it to assess possible taxes and duties. Filling it out correctly helps to avoid delays.

Countries that are in the European Union DO NOT require a commercial invoice.


Please note: There are a few locations that are technically within the EU, but still need extra documentation:

  • The Channel Islands (Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Herm and Sark)
  • Andorra
  • The Canary Islands
  • Gibraltar
  • San Marino
  • The Vatican


The essentials of the Commercial Invoice

Description of goods 

- This gives the customs authorities a clear indication of what's in your parcel. The description should explain what it is, what it's made of, and what it's used for (if applicable). It should be clear and describe all items included in the shipment.

Value your shipment accurately

- Even if the item is a sample, gift or return, it still has a value of at least the production costs. The value should be as accurate as possible. If customs question your valuation, it could cause delays and penalties. One further tip, list the value of the goods in the currency you specify on the invoice.

Country of origin

- This describes where the goods are manufactured. It can be different from where the goods are shipped.

Please note: DPD and Landmark receive the commercial invoices electronically after the booking process, this means you will not receive a commercial invoice to print along with your labels.


Related FAQs:

Will my parcel be subject to customs charges?

What is an EORI number/Tariff code and how do I obtain one?

What countries are inside the EU?

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