Generating Commercial Invoices from Business Central

In this post, you are going to come away with some fresh new perspectives about Insight Works’ powerful Dynamic Ship product – namely that Dynamic Ship remains the app for Business Central that makes shipping from Business Central easy, Dynamic Ship can automatically generate commercial invoices needed for customs and Dynamic Ship can electronically submit commercial invoices to carriers for clearing.

But before we go into the ins and outs of generating commercial invoices when shipping internationally, let’s have a little refresher course about Dynamic Ship.

By seamlessly integrating Dynamic Ship into a Dynamics 365 Business Central system, tedious and error-prone shipping tasks can be significantly streamlined. Shop floor employees will reduce manual entry errors by scanning packages directly into Dynamics, and money/time savings is realized by working directly with multiple carriers.

Let’s now explore how the app helps generate a commercial invoice for customs.

International shipments require customs information to be provided, and Dynamic Ship makes that process simple by using information already in your system to create the necessary documentation for a successful labeling process. Essentially, by bringing up the Customs details in Dynamic Ship, you’re seeing an electronic version of a commercial invoice – and this is replete with all manner of valuable information, from item description to quantity, value, country of origin, weight and more.

All of this data is generated automatically through the magic of Dynamic Ship – you don’t have to touch a thing. This is achieved by simply entering the Content Information tab and hitting Certify (which acts like an electronic signature, sending that information to the carrier), essentially clearing customs electronically and avoiding the wait for a paper copy of the commercial invoice.

Whether you do a ton of international shipping or just a little, this application is quite helpful because of its intuitive, feature-rich automation…everything is pretty much handled for you.

Wrapping it Up

From the perspective of the end user, it doesn’t get any easier than Dynamic Ship when it comes to generating customs information and determining where the data is being populated from. The process is as simple as selecting the Customs action in the Package Worksheet (which is blocked if the shipment is not internationally-oriented), opening up the Customs Card that will populate data.

From there, line details are pulled from what has been packed and collated by item number, with a plethora of additional information available including value per item, currency, weight per item, country of origin and more. This data will then be digitally transmitted to the carrier when the user receives the label; the commercial invoice can then be printed and included with the package, or, if the carrier allows it, remain paperless.

On newer versions of our Dynamic Ship product, you can actually control the printing of the commercial invoice from the Dynamic Ship Setup prompt.

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