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CHAPTER: Filing Required Documentation
3. What is a proper commodity description?
  ANSWER: To avoid delays, provide a detailed description of your commodity on your shipment documentation. This description must be consistent across all documents. List each commodity individually, with a separate description. Include in your description:

  • What the commodity is
  • What the commodity will be used for
  • Whether the commodity is new or used
  • Whether or not the shipment is for resale
  • The HS number

Be precise! For example, when shipping parts for drilling machinery, instead of "parts," specifically describe the components: "drill bits, 1/4 forged steel." Avoid vague words or references such as Personal items, Promotional materials, Samples, Documents. Gifts, "See Commercial Invoice."


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