This is in regard to exporting apparel from the United States.
What documents are needed for exporting clothing
and fashion accessories?
Requirements vary by
destination and product. The information provided here by
Apparel Search is for reference only and is NOT a specific solution for
your exporting needs. We strongly suggest you consult with a professional
customs broker regarding your specific project.
Common Export Documents
Commercial Invoice - A commercial
invoice is a bill for the goods from the seller to the buyer. These
invoices 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.
You may need a pro forma invoice which is an
invoice prepared by the exporter before shipping the goods, informing
the buyer of the goods to be sent, their value, and other key specifications.
It also can be used as an offering of sale or price quotation.
Export Packing List - Considerably
more detailed and informative than a standard domestic packing list,
an export packing list lists seller, buyer, shipper, invoice number,
date of shipment, mode of transport, carrier, and itemizes quantity,
description, the type of package, such as a box, crate, drum, or carton,
the quantity of packages, total net and gross weight (in kilograms),
package marks, and dimensions, if appropriate. Both commercial stationers
and freight forwarders carry packing list forms. A packing list may
serve as conforming document. It is not a substitute for a commercial
invoice. In addition, U.S. and foreign customs officials may use the
export packing list to check the cargo.
EEI (Electronic Export Information;
formerly called a Shippers Export Declaration)
Bill of Lading or Airway Bill
Certificate of Origin
- The Certificate of Origin (CO) is required
by some countries for all or only certain
products. In many cases, a statement of origin printed on company letterhead
will suffice. The exporter should verify whether a CO is required with
the buyer and/or an experienced shipper/freight forwarder or the Trade
Note: when shipping to Canada you may need a Canadian
You will want to visit the export.gov website for
more information about
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is responsible
for ensuring that all goods entering and exiting the United
States do so in accordance with all applicable U.S. laws and regulations.
Although CBP enforces these export regulations for various other government
agencies, specific questions pertaining to commodity licensing requirements
should be directed to that lead agency.
Agency information, telephone numbers, and basic
commodities which may require export licenses can be obtained by viewing
either the U.S. Department of Commerce,
Bureau of Industry and Security, Department of State, Directorate of
Defense Trade Controls, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives,
Drug Enforcement Administration, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Office of
Foreign Assets Control or the Bureau of the Census websites. These sites
include information from numerous other agencies with export control responsibilities.
Further guidance regarding export licenses should
be directed to the
CBP port of
export location used to export your goods.
Helpful resources for exporting clothing:
Export.gov : helping U.S. Companies
export. 95% of the world's consumers live in other countries and the
benefits of exporting are enormous. Learn how to export in their Export
Basics section or register to access market research and trade leads. Trade
Specialists are also available in your area to help plan your international
business. Call 1-800- USA-TRAD(E) to find a trade specialist and get answers
to your export questions.
Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA)
Address: U.S. Department of Commerce Washington, DC 20230 Phone: (202) 482-5078
| Fax: (202) 482-2331 [email protected]
Check for the most current information regarding
documentation for exporting apparel from the U.S Customs and Border Protection
Posted February 2014 - Please check the government
website for most current rules and regulations.