The key to smooth shipping is providing clear and accurate information on every shipping document. This includes detailing the type of goods you’re shipping correctly – follow our guide on how to provide a goods description here.
It’s a detailed description of the goods you’re shipping. It states what your goods are, what they’re made of and what they’re used for. You need to provide a goods description on all shipping documents like the air waybill and commercial invoice. You should also include it on any other additional documents required by the authorities.
A clear description gives customs authorities the information they need to access taxes and duties. It’s also necessary to check if your goods are allowed to enter the country.
Ask yourself these questions when describing your goods:
The description should be specific, not vague. If the package contains branded items, include the brand and model number along with the description. And don’t just rely on the company product code to describe the goods.
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Shipments with vague descriptions of their contents can be held or delayed by customs. That’s because they want more information on the goods you’re shipping.
An accurate goods description is the best way to ensure your package doesn’t get stuck in customs.