The Apparel Search directory provides you with
useful links regarding customs, duty rates, quota categories, HTS #'s,
fill rates, importing, exporting etc. This guide
is intended to assist members of the clothing and textile industry import
and export clothes, fabrics, trimming etc.
The mission of the
United States Customs Service is to ensure
that all goods entering and exiting the United States do so in accordance
with all United States laws and regulations. They
provide information and regulations regarding
Exporting of clothing to and from the United States.
If your company imports apparel, clothing, or footwear into the
United States of America you will want to learn about the
apparel duty rates for certain.
When dealing with customs issues for clothing or textiles,
you will find that many of the agreements have long names, so most people
use the abbreviations. Here are a few examples:
The European Commission's
Market Access Database gives tariff
information for many non-EU countries. The Applied Tariff Database section
allows users to get a tariff rate by selecting a country and then searching
the database by HS code or by product. The database also has a section Exporters
Guide to Import Formalities. This database (searchable by HS code or by
product), gives an overview of import procedures to a country, as well as
any general and specific requirements for a product.
and resources to help you learn about customs relevant matters in regard
to clothing or textiles:
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation
(APEC): Established in 1989 in response to the growing interdependence
among Asia-Pacific economies. Its goal is to advance economic dynamism
and sense of community within the Asia-Pacific region.
Boskage Commerce Publications:
source for books, computer programs, broker training courses, U.S. Customs
and other government publications relating to international business.
Economic Recovery Act (CBERA):The
primary goal of CBERA is to promote export-oriented growth in the Caribbean
Basin countries and to diversify their economies away from such traditional
agricultural products and raw materials as aluminum, bananas, coffee, petroleum,
Common Market of Eastern and Southern Africa
(COMESA): Tariff and customs information can be found. The COMESA
member countries are: Angola, Burundi, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the
Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia,
Rwanda, Seychelles, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
C-TPAT (Customs Trade Partnership Against
FTAA (Free Trade Area of the Americas):
This site follows the process initiated in the 1994 Summit of the Americas
to integrate the economies of the Western Hemisphere into a single free
International Trade Administration:
One out of every 10 Americans owes his or her job to exports... But with
the advent of the Internet and e-commerce, trade's greatest contributions
to world prosperity may still lie ahead. The International Trade Administration
(ITA) is here to help your U.S. businesses participate fully in the growing
global marketplace. They provide practical information to help you select
your markets and products. They ensure that you have access to international
markets as required by our trade agreements. They safeguard you from unfair
competition from dumped and subsidized imports. ITA is headed by the Under
Secretary for International Trade who oversees the operations of ITA's four
units: The Commercial Service is your primary point of contact throughout
the United States and the world. A global network of Commercial Officers
can help you at every stage of the exporting process. Manufacturing and
Services is the government's link to American industry. Industry sector
specialists can help you identify trade opportunities for specific products
or services. Market Access and Compliance keeps world markets open to your
products. Country specialists can help you benefit from our trade agreements
with other countries. Import Administration impartially enforces
our trade laws, ensuring that you face a level playing field in the domestic
Logistics Zone: LogisticsZone
is the online service dedicated to the vibrant world of logistics, transportation,
distribution, supply chain management, and international business.
LogisticsZone gives a "one-stop" location for anything concerning
Major Shippers Report:
This report provides General Import statistics by date of import from the
Census Bureau for a variety of recent time periods on countries which exceed
certain thresholds. The statistics are also summarized in notional categories
and countries for the convenience of CITA Agencies. The status of any controls
on these imports is also provided. Data does not include plastic apparel.
of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation (MOFTEC)
[China]: To formulate development strategies,
guidelines and policies of domestic and foreign trade and international
economic cooperation, draft laws and regulations governing domestic and
foreign trade, economic cooperation and foreign investment, devise implementation
rules and regulations. To study and put forward proposals on harmonizing
domestic legislations on trade and economic affairs as well as bringing
Chinese economic and trade laws into conformity with multilateral and bilateral
treaties and agreements.
National Export Directory: The NED contains
contact information for state trade offices, trade finance offices, trade
centers, and foreign trade zones. There are also listings of the local or
regional offices of the following U.S. Government agencies: the U.S. Department
of Commerce (International Trade Administration, U.S. and Foreign Commercial
Service, Bureau of Export Administration, and Minority Business Development
Administration), the Export-Import Bank of the United States, the Small
Business Administration, the U.S. Agency for International Development,
and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
North American Free
Relevant section of NAFTA relating to the apparel and textile industries.
Sections include: Executive Summary, Yarn, Fabric, Made-Up Articles Apparel,
Annex I Spun Yarn Tariff Preference Level (TPL), Annex II Fabric
and Made-Up Articles Tariff Preference Level (TPL), Annex III Apparel (Non-Wool)
Tariff Preference Level (TPL), Annex IV Apparel (Wool) Tariff Preference
Level (TPL), Annex 300-B Textiles and Apparel Goods, and Annex 401: Specific
Rules of Origin.
Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Textiles and
Clothing: Provides for the phased liberalization and elimination over
the transition period of quotas on textiles and apparel imported from WTO
member countries. The Agreement was approved as part of the Uruguay Round
Agreements Act by the U.S. Congress in December, 1994. The Agreement went
into effect on January 1, 1995.
On-line sections include: Integration, Quota Growth Rates, Tariff
(Duty) Rate Reductions, and Agreement on Textiles and Clothing (ATC).
After you transport your product, don't forget to find a
to store your garments.