How to fill in your content declaration for customs?


How to fill in your content declaration for customs?

When shipping a parcel, suitcase or any goods, it will always be necessary to provide a standardised description of the contents of your packages. The most important document for providing this information to customs is the "commercial/ customs invoice".

What is a commercial invoice?

The sender is always considered the exporter and will always be required to provide a detailed description of the goods contained in the package. The description of contents is a formal document that Customs will use to assess the contents and value of the shipment. This document will therefore serve as a basis for estimating the customs duties payable or exemption from charges, if any.

It should be noted that this document is indispensable and must always accompany the shipping documents to be provided to the carrier (exception for shipments within the Schengen area).

What does a commercial invoice consist of?

When you place an order with Mon Courrier de France, the commercial invoice will be automatically edited and attached to the documents to be printed by default. When you order, the following information will be automatically filled in on the commercial invoice:


  • Export reference i.e. the invoice number
  • International Waybill Number (AWB)
  • Sender's reference (name, address, phone, email, EORI number if necessary)
  • Receiver's reference (name, address, phone, email)


However, you will need to complete the commercial invoice with the description of the contents and also indicate the reason for the export. The detailed description of the contents consists of :


  1. Description of the item - What is this item (For example: a book)
  2. Quantity per item - How many objects of the same kind are there? (For example: 5 books)
  3. Unit value - How much does the item cost? (For example, a book has a value of 3 euros)
  4. Country of origin - Where was the item made (For example, book made in France).

Our tips for filling in the commercial invoice

This document, because of its importance, will therefore require special attention on your part. Here is a list of tips on how to fill it in properly:

  1. One line per item. Do not put two different objects on the same line, one object per line. If you are sending shoes, a book and photographs, you will have to put them on 3 different lines
  2. The value to be declared depends on whether your object is new or second-hand. If your object is new, you should put the purchase price. If your object is second-hand, you can declare a lower price, you can determine the value via a second-hand resale site such as Ebay/Leboncoin
  3. Be accurate in your description. If you want to send a book as a gift, do not write "gift" but "book". The gift will be the reason for the export, not the description of the content.
  4. The value of an item will always be a Unit Price. If you are sending 100 books for a total of 100 euros, you will need to enter the unit price at 1 euro.



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