What should I enter as my Customs Description?

A critical URBN initiative is ensuring all product whether purchased domestically or internationally – includes the following:
• Customs Description – a description of the goods clearly defining the item for Customs
• HTS # – the “Harmonized Tariff” code that classifies the item for Customs

The vendor is responsible for entering the customs descriptions as soon as possible.  This must be completed prior to shipment.
The URBN Team is responsible for entering the HTS codes.

Please follow below requirements when entering customs descriptions 

For a PDF version of the below instructions, please click here.
*Note: the customs descriptions page/PDF may be updated – if you choose to print the PDF, you may still need to refer to updated information posted here.

*Once you have determined what your customs description(s) should be, please see How to Enter and Revise a Customs Description for instructions to enter/revise your customs description in Tradestone.
Note - A customs description must be entered for each style using the “Enter Customs Descriptions” query, but a customs description only has to be entered once per style.  You will only need to use the “Revise Customs Descriptions” query should you need to revise/update the customs description for a style – styles populating in this query do not indicate that a revision is required by URBN.
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Apparel & Textile Accessories:

  • Gender (LDS or MENS)
  • KNIT or WOVEN
  • Type of garment/accessory
  • Fiber contents (including weight % of fibers)

Example #1:  LDS KNIT BLOUSE 100% POLYESTER

Example #2:  LDS WOVEN SCARF 100% POLYESTER

Shoes:

  • Gender (LDS or MENS)
  • Type of shoe (i.e. boot, slipper, sneaker)
  • Content of upper
  • Content of outsole
  • Covers ankle, covers calf or DOES NOT cover ankle
  • Is the vamp made of straps? Or is one of several pieces cut out? – If vamp has straps or cut outs, is the sole & heel combined have a height of more than 3 cm?

Example #1:  LDS SANDAL, POLYESTER UPPER, RUBBER OUTSOLE; DOES NOT COVER ANKLE

Example #2:  LDS HEELS, LEATHER UPPER, RUBBER OUTSOLE; DOES NOT COVER ANKLE, HAS VAMP CUT OUTS WITH HEEL GREATER THAN 3 CM

Example #3:  MENS BOOTS, LEATHER UPPER, RUBBER OUTSOLE; COVERS ANKLE AND CALF

Beauty/Cosmetic Products:

  • Type of product
  • Form of the actual product (i.e. cream, gel, liquid, oil, etc.)
  • Type of container product is sold in & what it is made of (i.e. glass bottle, plastic tube, etc.)
  • Net quantity of product in each unit
  • Contains alcohol or no?

Example #1:  PERFUME IN GLASS BOTTLE; CONTAINS ALCOHOL, 10 GRAMS

Example #2:  HAND LOTION IN PLASTIC TUBE; DOES NOT CONTAIN ALCOHOL; 30 GRAMS

Example #3: FACE SERUM, OIL; IN GLASS BOTTLE; DOES NOT CONTAIN ALCOHOL; 3 OZ

Jewelry & Hair Accessories:

  • Material content (with % breakouts)
    • Please add if precious metal (plated or clad), semiprecious, or precious stones
    • Textile: please add if KNIT or WOVEN
  • Item type (i.e. bracelet, necklace, headband, etc.)

Example:  BASE METAL EARRINGS; PLASTIC HEADBAND COVERED IN WOVEN POLYESTER FABRIC

Bags & Wallets:

  • Item type (handbag, suitcase, tote, travel bag, etc.)
  • Material content (i.e. plastic, polyurethane, leather, textile – specify % fiber content)

Example:  100% COTTON HANDBAG WITH LEATHER TRIM

Belts:

  • TEXTILE:
    • KNIT OR WOVEN
    • BELT
    • Material content (including weight % of fibers) for the INSIDE and OUTSIDE of the belt

Example:  WOVEN BELT 50% COTTON 50% POLYESTER

  • NON-TEXTILE:
    • Material Content on the INSIDE and OUTSIDE of the belt
    • BELT

Example:  100% LEATHER BELT

Hats:

  • KNIT or WOVEN
  • Type of hat/headwear
  • Fiber contents (with %)

Example #1:  WOVEN 100% COTTON HAT

Example #2:  100% POLYURETHANE VISOR

Sunglasses & Readers:

  • Material content
  • Type of glasses (i.e. sunglasses, prismatic readers, non-prismatic readers)
  • Material of lens

Example:  BASE METAL SUNGLASSES WITH PLASTIC LENS

Textile Linens:

  • KNIT or WOVEN
  • Item type
  • Fiber contents (including weight %)
  • Printed or not printed
  • If bedding, include if quilted or not quilted
  • If filled, include what it’s filled with (i.e. animal feathers, faux feathers, down, polyester, etc.)

Example #1:  WOVEN TABLECLOTH 100% COTTON

Example #2:  WOVEN DUVET 100% COTTON, NOT QUILTED, NOT PRINTED

Pillows:

  • Fiber contents (including weight %)
  • Type of fill (i.e. polyfill, down, faux feathers)

Example:  100% COTTON WOVEN PILLOW WITH POLYFILL

Furniture:

  • Material content (including weight %)
  • Type of item (i.e. chair, sofa, table, etc.)
  • Upholstered or NOT upholstered (for chairs and sofas only)
  • For indoor or outdoor use

Example:  UPHOLSERED INDOOR CHAIR WITH MANGO WOOD FRAME

Rugs:

  • KNIT or WOVEN
  • Type of item
  • Material content (including weight %)
  • Tufted or NOT tufted
  • Knotted or NOT knotted
  • Pile construction or non-pile construction
  • Dimensions
  • If rug has tiles, surface area of the tiles

Example:  WOVEN RUG 100% COTTON, NON-PILE CONSTRUCTION, NOT TUFTED, 100 CM x 100 CM

Lighting:

  • Material content (iron, rattan, plastic, etc.)
  • Item type (i.e. chandelier, lamp, wall light, etc.)
  • Wired or not wired (i.e. plug in or battery operated)
  • Specify if for household use

Example:  IRON TABLE LAMP; FOR HOUSEHOUSE USE

Kitchenware:

  • Material content (plastic, glass, stainless steel, etc.)
  • Item type (serving tray, pitcher, bowl, etc.)
  • Glassware: has stem or stemless
  • If it has etched/engraved glass
  • Indicate whether it is food/drink safe

Example:  GLASS STEM DRINKING GLASS, ENGRAVED, FOOD SAFE

Wall Art:

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

Example:  PRINTED WOODEN WALL ART WITH FRAME

Wallpaper:

  • Type of item
  • Coated or non-coated

Example:  COATED WALLPAPER

Mirrors:

  • Type of item
  • Framed or unframed
  • Material of backing
  • Reflective surface dimensions in cm2

Example:  FRAMED MIRROR WITH MDF BACK, 950 CM2

Watches & Clocks:

  • Type (wristwatch, alarm clock, wall clock, clock with watch movements, etc.)
  • Electrically operated or not
  • Display type (Mechanical Display or Opto-Electronic Display or both)
  • Whether it has stopwatch capabilities or not

Example #1:  ALARM CLOCK, BATTERY OPERATED

Example #2:  WRISTWATCH, ELECTRICALLY OPERATED WITH MECHANICAL DISPLAY ONLY, DOES NOT HAVE STOPWATCH

Electronic Accessories:

  • Material content
  • Item type
  • Number of speakers (if applicable)
  • Whether it emits radio frequency

Example:  PLASTIC FM RADIO BLUETOOTH SPEAKER; WITH 2 SPEAKERS

Toys & Novelty Items:

  • Material content
  • Item type

Example:  POLYESTER STUFFED ANIMAL TOY

Books:

  • HARDCOVER or PAPERBACK
  • Number # of pages

Example:  HARDCOVER BOOK WITH 350 PAGES

Umbrellas:

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

Example:  HANDHELD UMBRELLA WITH TELESCOPING SHAFT

Miscellaneous:

** If your product is not listed above, please indicate material contents & intended use**. If you have further questions regarding your customs description, please contact the customs compliance department (CustomsDescription@urbn.com).

**Nuuly vendors, please contact nuulybuying@urbn.com with any questions.

 

 

 

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