Commercial Invoice and FDA requirements

Suppliers should always include the below information. Failure to provide these details may result in delays or additional charges/incorrect tariffs being assessed on your shipments.


Elenteny Imports as the Importer of Record

Elenteny Imports must be listed as the Importer of Record on all shipments. Please include these details:


Elenteny Imports

285 West Broadway

Suite 500

New York, NY 10013



Valid FDA Registration Number & Manufacturer’s Address

All invoices must contain a valid FDA number & manufacturer address. Elenteny Imports is unable to validate the FDA # until the customs entry has been filed. However, the company (US agent or supplier) that set up the FDA number can confirm if it is active by reaching out to their Help Desk at 1-800-216-7331  It is vitally important to validate the FDA# prior to shipping to avoid any delays or demurrage charges on arrival. If Elenteny Imports incurs any charges due to an invalid FDA number, those fees will be passed on to the customer.


If the commercial invoice lists products from various manufacturers, please add the FDA registration number and full address for each manufacturer. Every shipper is responsible for providing valid and current FDA information.



Item Information

For each item being shipped, the commercial invoice must include:


  • Quantity in case/cartons (invoices with only bottle quantities will not be accepted)
  • Pack Size (e.g. 12/750ml, 24/375ml, 6/1500ml, bag-in-a-box, 20L keg etc.)
  • Commercial Value
  • ABV
  • Wine Type – here are the most common types.
    • 7-14% – Table red, table white
    • 14.1-16% – High Alc
    • 16.1%-21% dessert/port
    • Sparkling
  • Country of origin (especially important if not buying directly from the winery)




112cs  Elenteny Pinot Grigio 12/750ml, 12% alc, Italian table white,      €48.00       €5376.00



Samples & POS Items

CBP will not accept any items listed at $0 value. All items must be declared with a value, including samples. If additional POS items are added to a shipment, every item must be listed on the commercial invoice specifying the material (plastic, paper, aluminum, etc.).  It must include the full name and address of the manufacturer for the product, along with the manufacturer FDA number. If the item is described in a language other than English on the commercial invoice, CPB will not accept it.




Here is a link to an eCFR page outlining their requirements.


To help you, Elenteny Imports and your suppliers, please also provide this information in your PO submission to the team.


Revised/Updated Documentation

If new documents need to be submitted to Elenteny Imports (updated commercial invoices, new COLAs, lab analysis), please send to & at least five business days prior to the container arrival at port.



If you have any questions, please reach out to our Federal Compliance team at