• Commercial Invoice.  Usually required in the number of copies stipulated by the importer

The invoice may be in English.  The importer should be consulted to determine whether Chamber of Commerce certification is required.  Contract number must be indicated.

Commercial invoices must contain at least the following information: name and address of seller of merchandise; place where the merchandise is located at the time of sale; date of sal or sales contract; name and address of buyer; number and types of packages; marking and numbering on packages; contents of packages; gross and net weight in metric units; price per unit; value of each group of items equal in class, quality, and price; expenses to be borne by the buyer; total invoice amount (FOB value) with CIF value; maritime freight and insurance (if the contract is written on this basis); and conditions of sale, including commercial discounts, discounts for prompt payment, and other special advantages granted by the seller to the buyer in connection with the shipment concerned.

All changes and erasures in invoice calculations must be accompanied by a notation signed by an authorized person.

On the back of the invoice, the seller of the merchandise must write and sign the following declaration:

“The undersigned, seller of the merchandise described in this commercial invoice, hereby declares that all the facts  contained herein are true and exact, that the prices of said merchandise have not been altered by means of supposed discounts, that no other person has been given or will be given another invoice, account, or receipt because of this shipment, nor any other document for a value greater than that stated herein in writing, and that said merchandise is the product of the land (or industry of (name of the country).”



(name of person or agency)



(place and date)

  • Certificate of Origin

  • Bill of Lading

  • Air/Sea Waybill

  • Packing List

General import regulations and requirements

  • An approved customs broker must handle all customs transactions.

  • A Spanish translation of all documents is required.

  • Import and export transactions in Cuba are primarily controlled by state trading organizations (under the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Trade) called "empresas." Each holds a monopoly over a particular area of trade.

  • Goods may be inspected upon or after importation. If discrepancies are found, goods may be confiscated and/or import privileges suspended.