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Commercial Invoice Apostille

Updated: Mar 1

What is a Commercial Invoice?

In foreign trade, a commercial invoice (also known as C/I) is a required document for the export and import clearance process. It is sometimes used for foreign exchange purposes. In the buyer’s country, it is the document that is used by their customs officials to determine the true value of the imported goods and assess import duties and taxes.

Before completing a commercial invoice for a new export destination, it is advisable to consult reliable sources for country-specific requirements. A few countries require the invoice to be on a specific form, but for most countries, the seller or exporters version is acceptable as long as all the pertinent information is included.

A commercial invoice (in addition to other information), must identify the buyer and seller, and clearly indicate the date and terms of sale, quantity, weight or volume of the shipment, type of packaging, complete description of goods, unit value and total value, and insurance, shipping and other charges.

Commercial Invoice Sample
Commercial Invoice Sample |

Step 1: Obtain a stamped Commercial Invoice.

Usually, the commercial invoice must be filled out completely and notarized. Then it is submitted to an authorized entity or organization, such as the local Chamber of Commerce, State, Federal Government, or Company Representative. The competent authority will stamp, issue and validate the commercial invoice.

Step 2: Obtain Apostille or Authentication from related government authorities.

The destination country of your document will decide which certificate you should obtain.

An Apostille is for documents to be used in countries that participated in the 1961 Hague Convention Treaty. Once complete, no more steps are needed.

Authentication certificates are for documents to be used in countries that do not participate in the 1961 Hague Convention Treaty. The documents undergo an additional step for obtaining Authentication certificates from the US Department of State and that country's embassy in DC.

If the destination country is a member country/region (such as Germany, Spain, France, etc.)

  • Get an Apostille from the Secretary of State in your state. No further certification is needed.

If the destination country is NOT a member country/region :

  • Get an Authentication from the Secretary of State in your state.

  • Get an Authentication from the U.S. Department of State. (if required)

  • Get a Legalization from the Embassy.

Please note that if US exporters ship products and goods to Arab countries, the commercial invoice needs additional certification from NUSACC before presenting it to an embassy.

The apostille and authentication process can be complicated. If you don't want to spend a lot of time and energy getting into it, your best bet is to let a professional do it for you. Once we receive your order and document, it'll be processed as soon as possible.

Besides commercial invoices, we also provide apostille, authentication, and embassy legalization services for other personal documents and corporate documents issued in 50 states and DC.

⬇️ Other personal and business documents we provide apostille and authentication services for are:

Personal Documents:

Business Documents:

  • Articles of Incorporation/Articles of Organization

  • Amendment

  • Company's Annual report (Statement of information)

  • Bylaws (Operating Agreements)

  • Good Standing Certificate

  • Business License

  • Meeting Minutes

  • Board Resolutions

  • Shareholders' Resolutions

  • Corporate Stock Ledger

  • Financial documents

  • Bank documents

  • Tax documents

  • Contracts

  • FDA documents

  • USPTO Patents and Trademarks

  • Certificate of Origin


American Notary Service Center Inc. provides fair, fast, confidential, and professional document notarization and certification services for our clients. We also provide various assistance services to small businesses led by socially and economically disadvantaged groups. Our service helps small businesses obtain federal government contracts, gain a foothold in the market, and boost their sales. For more information, please visit our website at, and contact us by calling 202-599-0777 or by email at


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