Customs Terminology

Customs has a language all of its own as well as terminology that can appear a little complicated at times. Our glossary presents some of the more common terms you will come across when shipping dutiable goods internationally.

Ad Valorem

ATA Carnet

Bonded Goods

Broker's fee

Cargo Manifest

Certificate of Origin

CIF

CITES

Consular Invoice

Customs Declaration

De Minimis

EDI

Free Zone

Harmonised System

INCOTERMS

Landed Costs

Phytosanitary Certificate

Preference (or Preferential) Duty

Proforma Invoice

Proof of Payment

UN/EDIFACT