Product Categories & Dangerous Goods

When creating a shipment with Easyship, you will be required to describe the products contained in the package. In this article, we will break down all of the categories that we offer, when to use them, and the specific requirements and implications that come with your product category. 

What We'll Cover

What are product categories and why do we use them?

Couriers and countries have different restrictions for the commodities that can be carried or imported. Though product categories may seem simple, they are a crucial data point that we use to make sure the products you send are compatible with the courier and country you are shipping to.

We use product categories to assign HS codes to the commodity so merchants save time researching online tariff classifications and couriers that support them. By categorizing your products, you give us the information that we need to apply an accurate HS code, which translates to the automatically generated commercial invoice.

Dangerous Goods

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We have 8 categories that are considered to be Dangerous Goods, below we will address each category and its requirements. 

Accessory (with battery)

  • An MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) that is updated to the current year, must be provided and attached to the parcel. Please confirm with CS if you are unsure that the product will be accepted. 
  • Declare the Product Category correctly so that only battery service options are selectable. 

Computers & Laptops

  • An MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) that is updated to the current year, must be provided and attached to the parcel. Please confirm with CS if you are unsure that the product will be accepted. 
  • Declare the Product Category correctly so that only battery service options are selectable. 

Cameras

  • An MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) that is updated to the current year, must be provided and attached to the parcel. Please confirm with CS if you are unsure that the product will be accepted. 
  • Declare the Product Category correctly so that only battery service options are selectable. 

Gaming

  • An MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) that is updated to the current year, must be provided and attached to the parcel. Please confirm with CS if you are unsure that the product will be accepted. 
  • Declare the Product Category correctly so that only battery service options are selectable. 

Health & Beauty

  • An MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) that is updated to the current year, must be provided and attached to the parcel. Please confirm with CS if you are unsure that the product will be accepted. 
  • Declare the Product Category correctly so that only liquid carrying service options are selectable. 
  • Many countries have strict food and drug laws, ensure that your products are compliant with destination import policies. 

Mobile Phones

  • An MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) that is updated to the current year, must be provided and attached to the parcel. Please confirm with CS if you are unsure that the product will be accepted. 
  • Declare the Product Category correctly so that only battery service options are selectable. 

Tablets

  • An MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) that is updated to the current year, must be provided and attached to the parcel. Please confirm with CS if you are unsure that the product will be accepted. 
  • Declare the Product Category correctly so that only battery service options are selectable. 

Watches

  • An MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) that is updated to the current year, must be provided and attached to the parcel. Please confirm with CS if you are unsure that the product will be accepted. 
  • Declare the Product Category correctly so that only battery service options are selectable. 

Category List and Examples

  • Accessory (no-battery)

E.G Charging Cables, Wired Earphones

  • Accessory (with battery)

E.G Wireless Earphones, Powerbanks

  • Audio Video

E.G CD's, DVD's

  • Bags & Luggage

E.G Suitcases, Handbags

  • Books & Collectibles

E.G Books, Magazines

  • Cameras

E.G Digital Cameras, DSLR's 

  • Computers & Laptops

E.G Laptops, Displays, Desktops

  • Documents

E.G Paper, Booklets

  • Dry Food & Supplements

E.G Protein Powder, Nuts

  • Fashion

E.G Hoodies, T-Shirts

  • Gaming

E.G Consoles, Portable Gaming Devices

  • Health & Beauty

E.G Lipstick, Lotions

  • Home Appliances

E.G Blender, Toaster

  • Home Decor

E.G Paintings, Figures

  • Jewelry

E.G Neckless, Bracelets

  • Mobile Phones

E.G iPhones, Androids

  • Pet Accessory

E.G Animal Toys, Collars

  • Sport & Leisure

E.G Footballs, Sporting Equipment

  • Tablets

E.G iPads, Kindles

  • Toys

E.G Legos, Dolls

  • Watches

E.G Wristwatches, Wall Clocks

 

Descriptions

The item description describes your product type, material, and/or purpose. For example, if your package contains clothing, you should describe it as 'women's cotton t-shirt,' rather than just 'shirt'. 

Please avoid entering your internal codes or abbreviations, as the description should be clear and easily understood. 

As the item description will be used for customs documents and checked during the clearance process, it is important that you enter specific and accurate information for faster processing.

Note that in certain countries, there may be added customs charges due to extended processing times for invalid descriptions. 

 

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