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What is a commercial invoice (CI)?

A commercial invoice is a document required by customs for shipments leaving the EU and formally declares the shipments origin, destination, value and content. It also declares the purpose for which the shipment is entering a country and is all used by customs for the purposes of accurately clearing your shipment.

One signed original and 2 copies are required with your shipment.


  • The values on the invoice must match the values on the Airway Bill
  • The Customs value must represent the true market value of the goods
  • It can be hand written or typed
  • It is mandatory for all non-document shipments being sent outside of the EU
  • True document shipments do not generally require a commercial invoice

Our online guide shows how you can complete a commercial invoice.

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