A consular invoice certifies the shipment of goods and provides critical information about the consignee, consignor and the nature of the shipment. It also indicates detail about the content of the shipments and affirms that it does not contain any illegal items.
A consular invoice is used to determine the appropriate duties, tariffs and other charges associated with the shipment. It is usually written in a language used by the importing country to ensure that the customs officials understand it clearly. It also includes a seal and a signature to indicate it is official. A consular invoice helps to control the entry of goods into a country and prevent over- and under-invoicing. It is important to ensure that it is filled out correctly in order to avoid delays at the dock or warehouse.
A consular invoice builds trust between the exporter and the importer. It is usually produced in triplets. One copy is sent to the importer along with other information regarding the shipment. The exporter also keeps at least one for their files. The other should be attached to the shipment, along with any other documentation to enable foreign customs authority to determine the import duty to be levied.