What do I say for the ‘shipper’ field in a commercial invoice?

Question

Hello,

My company uses a manufacturer in China for our products. The manufacturer drop-ships to our customers across the world.

Customs is requesting a commercial invoice for each shipment. My question is about the ‘shipper’ field on the commercial invoice. Should it show my company’s name and address or the name and address of our contract manufacturer in China?

Answer

Hi there,

I hope you get an answer to your question shortly.

In the meantime, I recommend also looking at the Institute of Export and International Trade’s helpdesk for more specific advice:

http://www.export.org.uk/page/Export_Helpline

The OTE team

Answer

Hi There,

We’ve been supporting the UK export industry for over 30 years with the generation of compliant documentation.  On our export invoice, which is based on a standard and recognised layout, the box is labelled ‘Seller’.  If you are receiving payment, rather than your manufacturer in China, then I would say it should be your name and address listed.  You also wouldn’t want your customer to be able to go directly to the manufacturer and potentially cut you out.

If you would like a sample set of documents or to generate them please set up an e-z Consign account at www.4-exim.com or contact us.

Thanks,

Ian James

i2i Infinity Ltd.

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