The most important input field for an accurate classification is a proper description of the items being classified. So before we jump into how to write proper descriptions, let’s discuss why they are critical to accurate classification.
Providing good product descriptions improve the classification process in the following ways:
Allows for more accurate classifications resulting in faster clearance and accurate duty rates
Prevents classification delays caused by vagueness or irrelevant details
You know your products better than anyone. Because you’re the expert on your products, only you know how to best and most accurately describe them. Therefore, being detailed and not leaving anything up for interpretation will give you a more precise classification. If you aren’t sure about product details, you will most likely have the info to contact the manufacturer to get the needed information.
Now that you know why providing accurate, detailed descriptions for your goods is important, let’s jump into the dos and don’ts of classification descriptions.
The key to getting an accurate HS code classification is to provide the information for your items that will be the most impactful. In other words, focus on the important details like, “What is it?” “What is it made of?” etc. This requires finding a balance of not being vague, while being careful not to provide detail that is not pertinent to the classification. See the list of dos and don’ts below.
As you’ve probably noticed, the don’ts outnumber the do’s, which basically means this: Don’t overthink the your item descriptions. Once you have answered the basic questions required, and your description isn’t open for misinterpretation, you’re all set. To give you a more concrete idea of these dos and don’ts, see the table below for examples.
Examples of good and bad classification descriptions
|Too vague||Useless details||Perfect|
|Shoe||These grey and pink sneakers are a must-have addition to your summer wardrobe.||Women’s athletic shoes with leather upper|
|Blouse||Pink blouse with some floral lilac designs and made for warm weather||Women’s 100% raw cotton blouse|
Note that what the item is and its material make up are details that help with accurate classification.
Sets, bundles, and kits are different for classification purposes and should be classified separately using Zonos' manual classification process for maximum accuracy.
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Product description input fields: Best practices
Use these best practices for writing product descriptions for classification accuracy.
Harmonized System (HS) code classification is important for selling internationally, but it can be tricky. Luckily, Zonos Classify makes it easy with automated catalog classification. However, the quality of your product descriptions can determine the accuracy of your classifications.
Luckily, good descriptions = simple descriptions, as you will learn below. We don’t want you to waste time writing long descriptions when a simple description with the right information is all we need.
In this document, you will learn the importance of proper classification descriptions, best practices, and why Zonos is the classification expert.