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Amazon Global Logistics product compliance

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:

Restricted products and dangerous goods (hazmat)

Importer setup and customs compliance

Booking transportation

Using Send to Amazon to book transportation with Amazon Global Logistics

After you book: bill of lading, shipment tracking, changing a booking

Commodity descriptions

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:

  • What is the item?
  • What is it made from?
  • What is its intended use?

Examples of good commodity descriptions

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
mobile phone screensavers see commercial invoice
men’s 100% wool trousers trousers
women’s cotton jogging bottoms
laptop computers electronics
mobile phone charger and adapter
CD players

Manufacturer and supplier, and product origin

The manufacturer is the party that made or assembled your products. Manufacturer information is required for all textile and clothing imports. If your products are not textile or clothing products and you do not know the manufacturer, list one of the following as the supplier:

  • Yourself
  • The vendor you bought the products from
  • The exporter

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.

Tariff classification (HS or TARIC codes)

Most countries classify globally traded goods using tariff classification codes. These codes determine the customs value of products and flag requirements for partner government agencies (PGAs).

Accurate Harmonised System (HS) codes (also known as TARIC) 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 HS codes are inaccurate.

The World Customs Organization offers several tools to help sellers find appropriate tariff codes for their goods. The European Commission also provides a database for checking tariff codes, and the UK provides a separate database for checking tariff codes.

For more information, visit Amazon Global Logistics importer setup and customs compliance.

EU and UK marking and declaration of conformity

I. EU Requirements

Many products such as toys, electronics, and medical devices require CE marking and an EU declaration of conformity before they can be imported and sold in the EU.

CE marking indicates that the manufacturer has certified that a product complies with EU safety, health, and environmental-protection requirements. For more information, including a list of product groups, visit the European Union website.

Note: Additional permits or authorizations may be required for some products. These items include agricultural products, plants and seeds, food, alcohol, vitamins, supplements, medical devices, drugs and medication, hazardous goods, and pesticides. In addition, if your shipment contains products protected by trademark, you may be asked for a copy of the trademark authorization or license to confirm that you are legally permitted to use the trademark.

II. UK Requirements

Many products such as toys, electronics and medical devices require a conformity mark and a declaration of conformity before they can be imported and sold in the UK.

  • Products first made available in the UK or EU on or before December 31, 2020 require a CE mark and EU Declaration of Conformity. CE marking indicates that the manufacturer has certified that a product complies with EU safety, health and environmental-protection requirements. For more information, see list of product groups, and visit the European Union website.

    Products that are first made available in the EU or UK on or before December 31, 2020 can continue to circulate until they reach their end user and do not need to comply with the changes that take effect from January 1, 2021. You can retain evidence of when products were first made available in the UK or EU by keeping documents including contracts of sale, invoices, and documents concerning the shipping of goods for distribution.

  • Products first made available in Great Britain (England, Scotland, and Wales) after December 31, 2020 require UKCA marking and a UK declaration of conformity before they can be imported and sold in the UK after the end of the transition period (currently December 31, 2020). UKCA marking indicates that the manufacturer has certified that a product complies with EU safety, health, and environmental-protection requirements. For more information, see list of product groups, and visit the UK government website.

    Note: The UK Government has passed legislation which states that for certain products, CE marking will be accepted in GB until January 1, 2022, and additional means of affixing the UKCA mark will be accepted until January 1, 2023. See the “BREXIT: UK Government Guidance” section below for more details on the new requirements and transitional measures.

Different rules apply to goods you sell in: (1) Great Britain (England, Scotland, and Wales) and (2) Northern Ireland (please see below).

Northern Ireland

Please note that different rules will apply in NI from January 1, 2021 as a result of the Northern Ireland Protocol. In particular:

  • You should ensure that products meet EU requirements and that you use the CE mark.
  • You are an importer if you are established in the EU or NI and you sell products from a country outside of the EU and Northern Ireland (including from GB) into NI. Products sold in NI should be marked with details of any EU/NI based importer.
  • Authorised representatives can be based in NI or the EU. From July 16, 2021, new rules come into force under the EU Regulation 2019/1020 and some businesses may need to appoint a responsible person in the EU or NI to carry out compliance functions (if there is no other entity in the supply chain who is able to carry out the functions). Further guidance on the new rules will be made available by the UK Government.
  • If you are using a UK body to carry out mandatory third-party conformity assessment, you will need to apply a UKNI mark as well as a CE mark to the products placed in NI from January 1, 2021. Goods with the CE and UKNI mark can’t be sold in the EU. You do not need to use the UKNI marking if you self-certify compliance or use an EU body to carry out a mandatory third-party assessment.
  • “Qualifying Northern Ireland goods” can be sold in GB with the CE mark. The UK Government is issuing guidance on how this will work.
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