Commercial Invoice on Import Export Contract


Commercial Invoice is generally issued by the importer, exporter or some relevant non-governmental business organizations. Invoices is a bill for the goods from the seller to the buyer. It is one of the most important documents used in international trade.



Even if the importer may have opened a Letter of Credit, the exporter will usually not be paid until he presents a Commercial Invoice along with other documents to the bank. The invoice serves as a record of the essential details of a transaction. Commercial Invoice


An invoice must show the following basic information about the transaction:

  • Buyer's order number
  • Invoice number and date
  • Shipment terms
  • Names and addresses of the seller and buyer
  • Country from which the shipment is made
  • Description of the goods
  • Quantity, weight or measurement of the goods
  • Unit price
  • Total amount payable, including price of goods, freight, insurance and so on
  • Rebate or similar incentives
  • Signature of the exporter


Common  Export Document -Commercial Invoice

The commercial invoice is a legal document between the  exporter  and the  buyer (in this case, the foreign buyer)  that clearly  states the  goods  being sold and the amount  the customer is to pay. The commercial invoice is one of the main documents used by customs in determining customs duties.  A commercial invoice is a bill for the goods from the seller to the buyer. These  documents are often used by governments to determine the true value of goods when assessing customs duties. Governments that use the commercial invoice to control imports will often specify its form, content, number of copies, language to be used and other characteristics. Source From International Trade Administration U.S. Department of Commerce   


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