5 required documents for customs clearance? (part 1)

Customs Clearance Service

Customs clearance generally requires a lot of documents to be verified and submitted, either electronically or physically with the consignment.


Documents to be submitted to customs depend on the type of goods being shipped. The rules regarding customs vary depending on the country of origin and the country of destination.

Let’s look at documents that are common to all countries:

1- ProForma Invoice

Proforma invoices provide information about the product to be sold.

2- Customs packing list

Each party involved in the operation can cross-check the customs packing list with the Pro-forma invoice for the items in the shipment.

3- COO Certificate (Country of Origin)

This is a declaration that goods being shipped are made and processed in the country in question.

4- Customs Invoice

The Customs invoice is a mandatory document for an export transaction. Customs officers will request the customs invoice as it includes information about the order.

5- Shipping bill

A shipping bill is an important document and serves as a measurable record and is generally submitted via a custom online software system (ICEGATE).

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