The trend of online shopping continues, and in addition to local orders, online stores occasionally receive orders from overseas. When sending orders to overseas destinations, they need to go through local customs procedures before continuing with delivery. No matter which international courier is chosen, the shop owner needs to prepare the necessary documents beforehand for customs clearance, and the essential document is the Commercial Invoice.

What is a Commercial Invoice?

A Commercial Invoice is a certificate issued by the shipper for goods exported overseas. If the shipped goods have commercial value or are subject to taxes, a Commercial Invoice is required to allow buyers to receive the goods, and pay taxes and customs duties based on the information on the invoice. During customs clearance, local customs will also use the Commercial Invoice to assess the required taxes and fees. Therefore, correctly filling out the corresponding Commercial Invoice for an order can ensure a smoother customs clearance process and help avoid delivery delays.

The basic information that should be included in a Commercial Invoice is as follows:

  • Contact information of the sender and recipient, including name, address, and phone number
  • Order number
  • Invoice date
  • Postal code
  • Type of goods
  • Goods information, including name, unit quantity, and unit price
  • Total order value, etc.

ePlus Adds Automatic Commercial Invoice Generation Function

To save customers time and effort, our system has added a new feature that automates the process of generating Commercial Invoices. When an international order is uploaded to the system, the system will automatically generate the corresponding Commercial Invoice. Customers no longer need to spend extra time filling out invoices one by one.

In conjunction with ePlus’s offline logistics operations, when we receive an order from the system, we will process the order for the customer, attach the generated Commercial Invoice during packaging, and then arrange for the international courier designated by the customer to successfully deliver the order to the overseas destination.

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