Print Customs Forms

Instructions for how to print customs forms and which carriers submit customs electronically.

If your postage provider sends customs forms or commercial invoices to your ShipStation account for your international orders, you can then print them through ShipStation to include with the shipment.

View & Print Customs Forms

There are a number of ways to preview and print customs forms or commercial invoices for shipments that have them.

  • The Customs Forms column in the Shipping Tab

  • The Print menu in either the Orders or Shipping tabs

  • The Print menu in either the Order or Shipment Details screens

  • The action menu from the Shipment Widget

Print From the Customs Forms Column

Customs forms or commercial invoices are sent back to your ShipStation account from the carrier along with the international label.

The Customs Forms column in the Shipments grid will tell you if customs information is printed directly on the label (as is the case for USPS shipments) or the customs is on a separate PDF.

Shipped Grid has a Customs Forms column with 'Created PDF' boxed in red for an order.

If the customs information is on the label, no further action is necessary as there are no additional forms to print. If the text in the Customs Forms column reads Created PDF, then you can print the form.

Print Customs Forms from Orders or Shipments Tab

Alternately, you can use the Print menu in the Orders tab Sidebar to print the customs form for a single selected order in the grid:

Orders tab shipping sidebar. A box highlights the Print menu with its dropdown options.


When printing from selected orders, ShipStation will print all customs forms present for all shipments associated with that order.

Some orders contain multiple shipments. ShipStation will only print the customs forms for the specific shipments you select within an order. ShipStation will not print customs forms for any unselected shipments, even if multiple shipments exist on the associated order.

Print Customs Forms from Order or Shipment Details


When printing from the Order Details, ShipStation will print all customs forms for all shipments associated with the order.

When printing from the Shipment Details, ShipStation will print only the forms associated with that shipment, regardless of whether other shipments are associated with the order.

Print Customs Forms from Shipment Widget Action Menu

Add Label Messages to Forms

You can use Label Messages to add text to some international labels, customs forms, or commercial invoices if the selected carrier and service supports it.


Label Messages Supported

DHL Express

Commercial Invoice: Label Message 1, 2, 3


Commercial Invoice: Label Message 1, 2, 3


Commercial Invoice: Label Message 1, 2, 3

Electronically Submitted Customs Forms

ShipStation automatically submits your customs forms electronically for FedEx and DHL Express. ShipStation can also do this for UPS international shipments, but EDI must be enabled on your UPS account first.

Electronic form submission occurs when you create the label for any shipments that:

  • Require a customs form

  • Are sent by UPS, FedEx, or DHL Express.

EDI, ETD, and PLT Submissions

Each carrier requires a different electronic submission protocol.

The ETD and PLT features are enabled by default for FedEx and DHL Express users shipping through ShipStation. No additional setup is required. Certain restrictions may apply based on the destination, so be sure to check with your carrier account representative for details.

UPS users must apply to UPS directly before EDI is enabled for a UPS account. Once enabled on the UPS side, ShipStation will submit customs forms electronically for your international UPS shipments.

To apply for UPS Paperless Invoicing online, log in to your UPS account and go to Actions > View Account Details. Click Paperless Invoicing and select Enroll My Account.


The UPS labels for shipments that had their forms submitted electronically will have EDI printed on them underneath the tracking barcode.

UPS label sample with "EDI" designation highlighted by red box in lower right corner.

If you see INV instead of EDI in this location, that means the customs form was not submitted electronically to UPS.

UPS sample label with "INV" designation highlighted by red box.

For shipments that did not have their customs forms electronically submitted, you must print the forms through ShipStation and include them with the shipment. Contact UPS to enable EDI on your UPS account so forms will be submitted electronically in the future.


FedEx shipments with electronically submitted customs forms will have ETD printed on the labels.

For FedEx International Ground, the letters ETD will appear in a black box under the shipping service icon:

FedEx Ground Label highlighting "ETD" designation for Electronic Trade Document submission.

For other FedEx International services, the letters ETD will be printed underneath the service name near the bottom of the label:

FedEx International Label highlighting "ETD" designation for Electronic Trade Document.

DHL Express

DHL Express submits customs forms electronically by default for all accounts when shipping to countries that support Paperless Trade.

DHL Express will print C-PLT on the label if forms were submitted.

DHL Express Label highlighting "C-PLT" designation for Customs Paperless Trade submission

In addition to the DHL Express Label, they will also print an archive document. Within the archive document is a Features/Services section that will display the phrase Paperless Trade if forms were submitted.

DHL Express label highlighting Paperless Trade designation under the Features/Services section

If the label does not display C-PLT and the archive document does not display Paperless Trade below the Features / Services section, you will need to print your customs forms. Check with your DHL Express account manager to find out if the forms need to be attached to the box or handed to the driver.