For all customs clearances an invoice with specified content is necessary. The invoice must state;
- invoice number
- date and place
- number of packages and weight
- description of contents
- delivery location and dates
- particular conditions related to the invoice
- documentation of origin/ proof of origin
Sometimes a proforma invoice can be used instead of a complete invoice.
It can be necessary to make a temporary export customs clearance. An example is when sending goods for repair and then shipping back to the owner again.
If the shipment contains samples or small gifts, a proforma invoice can be used as documentation for customs clearance.
Inadequate information can
- delay the consignment
- stop the consignment
- provide the wrong basis for tax calculation, which again can result in fines