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
  • Item Type
    • Outerwear garment with leg separations extending below the knee must be entered as “TROUSERS” not “Pants”. Pants is not a recognized term by Customs.
    • If knit garment is fleeced, add to the description.
    • If garment is a coat or jacket, list weight per garment in kgs.
  • Fiber contents (including weight % of fibers)

Example #1:  LDS KNIT BLOUSE 100% POLYESTER

Example #2:  MENS WOVEN SCARF 100% COTTON

Bags & Wallets:

  • Item type (i.e., handbag, wallet, suitcase, tote, travel bag, etc.)
  • Material content (with % breakouts)
  • Dimension Length + Width + Height in CM

Example #1:  HANDBAG 100% COTTON WITH LEATHER TRIM 25 cm length, 20 cm width, 5 cm

Example #2: TOTE BAG 100% LEATHER

Beauty/Cosmetic Products:

  • Item Type
  • 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

Belts:

  • Item type
  • Material content (including weight % of fibers) for the INSIDE (hugs the waist) and OUTSIDE of the belt
  • If TEXTILE: KNIT OR WOVEN

Example #1:  BELT 100% LEATHER INSIDE AND 100% POLYESTER KNIT OUTSIDE

Example #2:  BELT 100% POLYURETHANE INSIDE, 50% COTTON 50% POLYESER WOVEN OUTSIDE BELT

Books:

  • HARDCOVER or PAPERBACK
  • Number # of pages

Example:  HARDCOVER BOOK WITH 350 PAGES

Curtains/Window Panels:

  • Item type
  • KNIT OR WOVEN
  • Material content (including weight % of fibers)
  • Dimensions in CM

Example:  WINDOW CURTAINS WOVEN 100% COTTON 18cm x 33cm

Electronic Accessories:

  • Item type
  • Material content
  • Number of speakers (if applicable)
  • Whether it emits radio frequency
  • Whether it includes any batteries, or not

Example:  PLASTIC FM RADIO BLUETOOTH SPEAKER; WITH 2 SPEAKERS, BATTERY NOT INCLUDED

Food/Beverages:

  • Item Type
  • Ingredients List

Furniture:

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

Example:  UPHOLSTERED INDOOR CHAIR WITH MANGO WOOD FRAME

Hair Accessories:

  • Item Type (i.e., headband, barrette, comb, etc.)
  • Material content (with % breakouts)
  • If textile is included, include whether knit or woven

Example #1:  PLASTIC HEADBAND COVERED IN WOVEN POLYESTER FABRIC

Example #2:  BASE METAL BARRETTE WITH ACRYLIC DECORATION

Hats:

  • Item Type (i.e., hat, visor, beret, etc.)
  • KNIT OR WOVEN
  • Material content (including weight % of fibers)
  • If made of straw, include whether sewed or not sewed

Example #1:  WOVEN HAT 100% COTTON

Example #2:  VISOR 100% POLYURETHANE

Jewelry

  • Item Type (i.e., bracelet, necklace, ring, etc.)
  • Material content (with % breakouts)
    • Please add if precious metal (plated or clad), semiprecious stones, precious stones, real pearl, genuine shell, horn, bone
    • If made of textile, please add if KNIT or WOVEN
  • Weight in grams

Example #1:  BASE METAL EARRINGS; ROSE QUARTZ RING, 2G;

Example #2:  FRESHWATER PEARL EARRINGS, 3G

Example #3:  ACRYLIC RING

Kitchenware:

  • Item Type (i.e., serving tray, pitcher, soup bowl, etc.)
  • Material content (plastic, glass, stainless steel, etc.)
  • If drinking glass, has stem or stemless
  • If it has etched/engraved glass
  • For plates, include diameter in cm
  • Indicate whether it is food/drink safe
  • Include whether it comes in a set
  • If made of any amount of wood, include type of wood

Example #1:  GLASS STEM DRINKING GLASS, ENGRAVED, FOOD SAFE

Example #2: SET OF FOUR 100% STONEWARE MUGS, FOOD SAFE

Example #3: STAINLESS STEEL COCKTAIL SHAKER, FOODSAFE

Lighting:

  • Item Type (i.e., chandelier, table lamp, wall sconce, etc.)
  • Material content (iron, rattan, plastic, etc.)
  • Indicate if no wires are included
  • If lightbulb is included, advise if bulb is LED
  • Include whether socket is for LED bulbs only
  • If made of any amount of wood, include type of wood

Example #1:  IRON TABLE LAMP

Example #2: MANGO WOOD FLOOR LAMP WITH LED ONLY SOCKET

Mirrors:

  • Item Type
  • Framed or unframed
  • Material of backing
  • If it includes LED lights add to description
  • If it is meant to hang over the door add to description
  • If made of any amount of wood, include type of wood
  • Reflective surface dimensions in cm2

Example:  FRAMED MIRROR WITH MDF BACK, 950 CM2

Pillows:

  • Item Type
  • Fiber contents (including weight %)
  • Include front material and back material
  • Type of fill (i.e., polyester fill, down, faux feathers)

Example #1:  PILLOW 100% COTTON WOVEN PILLOW WITH  100% POLYESTER FILL

Example #2: PILLOW 100% COTTON FRONT AND 100% POLYESTER BACK WITH 100% POLYESTER FILL

Rugs:

  • Item Type
  • KNIT OR WOVEN
  • Material content (including weight %)
  • Tufted or NOT tufted. If tufted, include if hand tufted or machine tufted.
  • Knotted or NOT knotted
  • Pile construction or non-pile construction
  • Dimensions Length X Width in CM
  • If rug has tiles, surface area of the tiles

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

Shoes:

  • Gender (LDS or MENS)
  • Item Type (i.e., boot, slipper, sneaker)
  • Content of upper
  • Content of outsole
  • Include whether outsole is flocked with textile flocking or not flocked
  • Include whether open toe, open heel, or slip on
  • 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

Sunglasses & Readers:

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

Example:  BASE METAL SUNGLASSES WITH PLASTIC LENS

Textile Home Products:

  • Item Type
  • KNIT or WOVEN
  • Material content (including weight % of fibers)
  • Printed or not printed
  • If bedding, include if quilted or not quilted, embellished, or not embellished, and embroidered or not embroidered
  • If filled, include what it’s filled with (i.e., animal feathers, faux feathers, down, polyester, etc.)

Example #1:  100% COTTON WOVEN TABLECLOTH

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

Toys & Novelty Items:

  • Item Type
  • Material content
  • For stuffed toys, indicate if “plush-covered”
  • If made of any amount of wood, include type of wood

Example:  POLYESTER STUFFED ANIMAL TOY

Umbrellas:

  • Item Type (i.e., handheld or garden)
  • Material content
  • Telescoping shaft or non-telescoping shaft
  • If made of any amount of wood, include type of wood

Example:  HANDHELD UMBRELLA WITH TELESCOPING SHAFT

Wall Art:

  • Item Type
  • Material content
  • Whether image is printed or embroidered
  • Framed or not framed
  • If made of any amount of wood, include type of wood

Example:  PRINTED MANGO WOOD WALL ART WITH OAK WOOD FRAME

Wall Hangings:

  • Item Type
  • Material content
  • Framed or not framed
  • If made of any amount of wood, include type of wood
  • If made of textile, include whether knit or woven

Example: 100% COTTON WOVEN WALL HANGING

Wallpaper:

  • Item Type
  • Coated or non-coated with plastic

Example:  WALLPAPER 100% COATED PLASTIC

Watches & Clocks:

  • Item 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

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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