Customs Description of Goods

Customs Description of Goods


An important URBN initiative is ensuring all of our products – whether purchased directly from the source or through a market vendor.

** IMPORTANT ** Please follow the below guide to give you an indication on the UK CUSTOMS description requirements:



Apparel/Textile Accessories:

Knit or woven
Type of garment/accessory
Fibre Contents (including weight percentages of fibres)

Example: Ladies Woven Blouse 100% Polyester


If textile:

Knit or woven
Type of accessory
Material Content of the inside of the belt that hugs the waist (including weight percentages of fibres)

Example: Woven Belt 50% Cotton/50% Polyester

If non-textile:

Material Content of the inside of the belt that hugs the waist
Type of accessory

Example: 100% polyurethane belt


Hardbound or softbound
Type of book (i.e. art/pictorial, children’s)
Number of pages

Example: Hardbound art book with 350 pages


Type of item

Example: Candle


Description of item (i.e. Dark/Milk/White Chocolate) 
Top 3 Components/Ingredients

Example:  Milk Chocolate, Cocoa, Butter, Roasted Beans


Type of clock (i.e. clock with watch movements, alarm clock, wall clock, etc…)
Electrically operated or not

Example: Alarm clock, battery operated

Cosmetics/Beauty Products:

Type of item
Type of container that product is in
Net quantity of each unit
Contains alcohol or does not contain alcohol

Example: Lip gloss, Mascara, Hand lotion in plastic tube does not contain alcohol (30 grams)

Electronic Accessories:

Material content
Type of item
Number of speakers (if the item has speakers)
Whether it emits radio frequency or not

Example: Plastic stereo with 2 speakers


Material content
Upholstered or not upholstered (for chairs and sofas only)
Type of furniture (i.e. chair, sofa, table, etc…)
For indoor or outdoor use

Example: Upholstered indoor chair with wooden frame


Knit or woven
Material content
If coated with plastic or rubber

Example: Ladies Knit Gloves 100% Wool


Fibre contents (i.e. textile, polyurethane/plastic, leather)
Type of item

Example: Cotton handbag with leather trim


Knit or Woven
Type of item
Fibre content

Example: Men’s Woven Hat 100% wool

Jewellery/Hair Accessories:

Material content
Indicate if precious metal, semiprecious, or precious stones are used
Type of jewellery (i.e. bracelet, necklace, etc…)
If there are textile components, indicate the fabric content and knit or woven

Example: Base metal post earrings; Plastic headband


Material Content
Type of light (i.e. chandelier, lamp, wall light etc…)
Wired or not wired
Whether for household use or not

Example: Iron table lamp


Type of item
Framed or not framed
Reflective dimensions in CM2


Fibre contents (including weight percentages)
Type of fill (polyfill or down)

Example: 100% cotton woven pillow with polyfill 


Knit or woven
Type of item
Material Content
Knotted or not knotted
Pile construction or non-pile construction
Tufted or not tufted
If rug has tiles, surface area of the tiles

Example: Woven Rug 100% Cotton, non-pile construction, not tufted, 100 cm x 100 cm 


Type of shoe (i.e. boot, slipper, flat)
Content of upper
Content of outsole
Covers ankle, covers calf or does not cover ankle
Is the vamp made of straps or one or several pieces cut out
If it has vamp straps or cut outs, is the sole and heel combined have a height of more than 3 cm

Example: Ladies sandal, textile upper, rubber sole, does not cover ankle
Ladies heels, leather upper, rubber sole, does not cover ankle, has vamp cut outs with a heel greater than 3 cm
Men’s boots, leather upper, rubber sole, covers ankle and calf


Material content
Type of glasses (i.e. sunglasses or reading)
Material of lens

Example: Base metal sunglasses with plastic lens


Description of item (i.e. boiled sweet)
Top 3 Components/Ingredients

Example:  Boiled Sweet, Sugar, Water, Glucose 

Textile Linens:

Knit or woven
Type of item
Fibre contents (including weight percentages)
Printed or not printed
If bedding, include if quilted or not quilted
Filled with feathers or down or not

Example: Woven Tablecloth 100% Cotton; Woven Duvet 100% Cotton, not quilted, not printed

Toys/Novelty Items:

Material content
Type of item

Example: Polyester stuffed animal


Type of umbrella (i.e. handheld or garden)
Telescoping shaft or non-telescoping shaft

Example: Handheld umbrella with telescoping shaft

Utensils/Drinking Glasses/Serveware:

Material content
Type of item
Has stem or not
If it has etched/engraved glass
Indicate whether it is food/drink safe or not

Example: Stem drinking glass, etched, food safe

Wall Art:

Whether image is printed or embroidered
Type of item
Framed or not framed

Example: Printed wooden wall art with frame


Coated or non-coated

Example: Coated wallpaper


Electrically operated or winding mechanism
Display type (mechanical display or opto-electronic display)
Whether it has stop watch capabilities or not
Type of item

Example: Electrically operated watch with mechanical display, does not have stopwatch