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Ensure basic information is completed on all commercial invoices

The commercial invoice is the basis for the Canadian customs entry and determines any applicable duties and taxes.  Ensuring proper information is included is vital for the accurate processing of your shipment. The following information should always be shown:

  • Buyer & Seller
  • Full description of goods
  • H.S. classification
  • Country of Origin
  • Marks & numbers
  • Net & gross weights
  • Unit and extended price with currency
  • Cost of freight, insurance & packing
  • Terms of Delivery (Incoterms 2010)
  • Terms of payment
  • Date of Direct Shipment
  • Reference numbers (P.O., Import or Export Permit number, Letter of Credit number, etc.)

If any of the above information is not supplied, delays or even seizures may occur at Customs and extra charges may result.

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What you need to know about transshipments

A “transshipment” occurs each time your freight is moved from one container to another, or from one vessel to another during the shipment’s journey.

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