(Originally sent out February 2020)
In an effort to ensure the correct customs duties/tariffs are applied to your orders, we have to update our requirements on commercial invoices. We realize the challenges in having wineries comply with additional information, but we do not want you to be billed for inaccurate tariffs.
Last week we sent a memo regarding customs submissions. Since then, we need to clarify requirements for Commercial Invoices as imposed by Customs & Border Patrol (CBP).
Suppliers should always include the below information. Failure to provide these details may result in delays or additional charges to 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:
285 West Broadway
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. 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.
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
- Wine Type – here are the most common types.
- 7-14% – Table red, table white
- 1-16% – High Alc
- 16.1%-21% dessert/port
- 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.
If new documents need to be submitted to Elenteny Imports (updated commercial invoices, new COLAs, lab analysis), please send to FederalCompliance@teimports.com & firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.