This is the information that Fedex is required to collect before bringing certain types of clocks into the U.S.
The Feds NEED this info.
You know why?
Here's Mr. Coyote, explaining why Fedex had to track him down and cross-examine him before releasing the shipment:
This would be one of the dumbest things I have seen from the government had it not been for the egg licenses I have to hold. This data was probably critical for some program pushed through by a Senator to protect some business in his district that does not even exist any more. I wonder if anyone in the government even remembers why this data is so vital (seriously, per question 11, how many wind-up clocks are coming through customs nowadays). Probably part of a program to protect America’s essential capacity to manufacture clock movements over 12mm in thickness.
If you think this is a waste of time, dive into the lunacy known as the garment industry. There are tens of thousands of quotas, guidelines, and point of origin notifications. Many of these are based on the designs and styles, each with a different tariff.
The point of all this is to keep you from getting what you want at the best price possible.
It really is that simple.