Commercial Item Descriptions

Commercial Item Descriptions (CIDs) are product descriptions that concisely describe the most important characteristics of a commercial product. CIDs are official U.S. Government procurement documents that are:

  • Uniquely numbered in a Federal series
  • Prominently dated for easy reference
  • Appropriately titled (according to current Federal labeling policies)

For information on how to use CIDs go to: How to Use Commercial Item Descriptions (pdf). Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about CIDs (pdf).

An official request to develop or revise a Commercial Item Description should be in writing and sent to the Specialty Crops Inspection Division using the contact information provided below.

For More Information, Please Contact:
Director, Specialty Crops Inspection Division
Specialty Crops Program
Agricultural Marketing Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Ave., SW
STOP 0240, Room 1536-S
Washington, DC 20250-0240
Telephone: (202) 720-5870 or (202) 720-4693
Fax: (202) 720-0393