Friday, June 27, 2008

International Shipping Tips for UPS, FedEx and USPS (Part 3)

Now that you have all of the information I've talked about for international customs forms, what's next? Well, more information is needed, of course. It is the government, after all! To finish filling out the commercial invoice and certificate of origin forms, you will also need your federal tax id number (or social security number), the country of origin of the goods you are shipping and the terms of sale. For the USPS, you will need to decide how you want non-deliveries treated and which customs form is needed. Harvey Software’s CPS(TM) shipping software supports both the 2976 and 2976A forms for the USPS and the Commercial Invoice and Certificate of Origin for any CPS carrier.

The Shipper's Export Declaration (SED) is another form that may need to be provided. "May need" because shipment value is part of its requirements. Starting July 2, 2008, the Census Bureau requires mandatory filing of export information through the Automated Export System (AES) or through the AESDirect for all shipments where a Shipper's Export Declaration (SED) is required. For more information, visit this web site:

Next time, we'll start to bring this all together with some international form samples, so subscribe to our feed now to receive this information automatically or visit us again soon.

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