Products shipped via Amazon Global Logistics must comply with customs regulations and duty requirements. To ensure compliance, you will be asked to provide or review a variety of product information when booking transportation or later in the shipping process.
For more information, see these Help topics:
A commodity description is a brief account of a product being imported and is required for each item that you ship. Customs clearance begins with commodity descriptions on a bill of lading (BOL).
Clear, accurate, and detailed commodity descriptions help reduce clearance and delivery times and ensure that your shipment complies with regulations. Vague, inaccurate, or incomplete descriptions can result in delivery delays, customs duties being incorrectly calculated, your shipment being held or rejected by customs, or all of the above. You may also be subject to financial penalties or other actions by customs authorities if your commodity descriptions are inaccurate.
Commodity descriptions must have precise information so that customs authorities can identify and verify the shape, physical characteristics, and packaging of each item. A good description answers the following questions:
General descriptions like "electronics" are not detailed enough to meet customs regulations. Descriptions like "CD players" or "computer monitors" are acceptable. Make sure that your descriptions are in English.
|Good description||Poor description|
|organic caffeinated coffee||general merchandise|
|men's wool socks||samples|
|women's leather shoes||promotional materials|
|computer keyboards and computer mouse||parts|
|cell phone screen savers||see commercial invoice|
|men’s 100% wool pants||pants|
|women’s cotton jogger pants|
|cell phone charger and adapter|
The manufacturer is the party that made or assembled your products. Manufacturer information is required for all textile and apparel imports. If your products are not textile or apparel products and you don’t know the manufacturer, list one of the following as the supplier:
The product origin is the country where a product was originally manufactured. It is not necessarily the country from which you are shipping the item. To help determine the country of origin for your product, see the US Customs and Border Protection’s rules of origin.
Most countries classify globally traded goods using tariff classification codes. These codes determine the customs value of products and flag requirements such as anti-dumping or countervailing duties (ADDs and CVDs)for partner government agencies (PGAs).
Accurate Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) codes help reduce clearance and shipping times, and ensure that your shipment complies with regulations. Inaccurate codes can result in shipment delays, customs duties being incorrectly calculated, your shipment being held or rejected by customs, or all of the above. You may also be subject to financial penalties or other actions by customs authorities if your HTS codes are inaccurate.
You can find appropriate tariff codes for your goods by using the US International Trade Commission’s HTS search. Enter a keyword such as “food,” “shoes,” or “plants,” then choose the appropriate code.
For more information, visit Amazon Global Logistics importer setup and customs compliance.
You may be asked to provide information related to the following:
Certain products in your shipments may be subject to anti-dumping duties. If so, you will be asked to apply them.
ADDs are imposed when the US International Trade Commission and the US Department of Commerce determine that a manufacturer in another country is importing goods into the US at a price that is lower than their fair-market value. Though ADDs are applied to counter these lower prices and protect US manufacturers, they do not prohibit the importation of goods.
Certain items in your shipments may be subject to countervailing duties. If so, you will be asked to apply them.
CVDs are charged when the US International Trade Commission and the US Department of Commerce determine that a government in an exporting country is providing subsidies and tax benefits to their manufacturers that allow them to sell their products less expensively than US manufacturers. Though CVDs are applied to counter these discounts and protect US manufacturers, they do not prohibit the importation of goods.
You may be asked to certify that all chemical substances in your shipment either comply with or are not subject to the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA). Visit the US Environmental Protection Agency website to determine how TSCA might apply to your items. To ensure that you can ship your items with chemical substances via Amazon Global Logistics, visit our restricted products and dangerous goods Help page.
You may be asked to provide information about any radiation-emitting devices in your shipment. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) defines a RAD as “any electrically powered product that can emit any form of radiation on the electromagnetic spectrum.” For more information, see Radiation-Emitting Electronic Products.
If you’re importing wood or plant products into the US, the Lacey Act may require you to declare the genus and species of those products. For more information, visit the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) website and US National Plant Germplasm System.
The Importer Security Filing, commonly known as “10+2,” is a US Customs regulation that requires importers and vessel-operating carriers to provide advance shipment information to US Customs for US-bound ocean cargo.
As the importer, you are responsible for providing the authorized representative (typically the customs broker) with a minimum set of data. If your ocean shipment requires an ISF, you will be asked to review and confirm ISF contact details for your booking. For information, visit Booking transportation with Amazon Global Logistics and the US Customs and Border Protection website.