Small business forum: Commercial Invoices for International?

by: grasslandpublishing July 18, 2013 5:38 PM PDT

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Commercial Invoices for International?

by grasslandpublishing - 7/18/13 5:38 PM

I have a small business (located in the U.S.) where I sell small tools that I have manufactured in China. A large retailer located in Canada is interested in my products, and they've asked me to submit my wholesale prices and a few samples for them to review. In their letter, they also said:


Please ensure that you include a commercial invoice that shows both the wholesale value of the product, and its country of origin. We need this for customs clearance purposes.


At first I assumed they were simply talking about a commercial invoice from my business -- showing the wholesale price I quoted them and United States as the country of origin (since that's where my business is located). But now I'm wondering if perhaps they also need to know that the product was produced in China. I have copies of invoices from my Chinese manufacturer, but the prices listed there are my manufacturing costs, not the wholesale prices I'm quoting to the retailer.


Anyone have an idea what kind of document the retailer is actually looking for?


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