To create a commercial invoice, select a commercial invoice template at an online resource site such as Tidyform.com. Download the template, and customize it with company information. Commercial invoices typically consist of one page, but a three-page template is available for shipments requiring more details.
A standard commercial invoice includes contact details for the shipper and the consignee including name, address and phone number. Date of shipment and invoice or PO number appear at the top section, and some forms include the number of items shipped as well. Some forms also note freight payment terms and freight payment status. The largest section of the invoice is used for listing item descriptions, which often require several rows of specific details.
A basic commercial invoice for shipping items within the United States includes categories such as quantity, description, unit price and total amount. Forms must allow room for listing the quantity of a specific item and a one-line description of the item, and the invoice subtotal and total is usually situated at the bottom. International commercial invoices include additional information such as country of origin, type of packaging and unit measurements. Package weight is important, because it's used to determine the total cost of the shipment. Shipper's signature and title lines are located at the bottom.