Documents required to clear goods from customs
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Clearing customs: a list of documents you need.

by Tekle Sebhatu


Hi, I was wondering if you could tell me which documents I have to present to customs to get my shipment through. Thanks


Because national laws vary, customs document requirements also vary from country to a country when clearing goods through customs. An importer in the US, for example, is required to present the following documents to clear goods through customs:

  • Commercial Invoice/Customs Pro Forma Invoice (When Commercial Invoice is not available)
  • Entry (CF3461)/Entry Summary (CF 7501) ( U.S. Customs forms)
  • Evidence to make Entry (Bill of Lading or Airway Bill or Carrier Certificate)
  • Packing list
  • Other agency requirements (Example, FDA, FTC or other agencies to meet the agency's requirement)

Certainly, other countries might require totally different types of documents. Therefore, you need to find out from your government's customs or your custom brokers the types of documents required to clear your goods. Custom brokers are agents who are authorized to conduct customs transactions.

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Re: Documents required to clear goods from customs
by Doris on 24 Oct 2006 20:08
Replying to [Resources]:usually,the docs including b/l, Packing List
Commercial Invoice,Certificate of Origin is essential

Re: Re: Re: Documents required to clear goods from customs
by KILOIA on 28 Nov 2006 21:56
Replying to [OLDNBOLD]: Thanks !!!!

Re: Documents required to clear goods from customs
by onepointfive on 23 Jan 2007 09:31
Replying to [Resources]:

What about entry form to clear through airport customs? What are they and what are my limitations? For example I will be importing around 250lbs worth of home decor porducts and maybe some clothing such as sweat suits, gym wear and hats through airport customs. What can I expect from the U.S. customs and what if I do not have my forms ready?