The Difference Between Sleepwear & Loungewear

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What is the difference between sleepwear & loungewear?

These terms are often used interchangeably, but there is a distinct difference between “loungewear” and “sleepwear” according to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule. The customs agency in the United States distinguishes sleepwear and loungewear are different. In HQ H140735, dated December 29, 2015, CBP added some definition to each term.

In the 1990s, a category of products called “loungewear” was introduced into the children's market. CPSC staff views children's “loungewear,” or other similar garments marketed as comfort wear, as garments worn primarily for sleep-related activities. Therefore, “loungewear” must comply with the children's sleepwear standards.

You can search for customs rulings about sleepwear or loungewear at the customs rulings page (to see the system in action type loungewear into the search at the top of the customs rulings page). Some of the relevant rulings will be as follows:

HQ 960797

HQ 961936

Please keep in mind that rulings get revised and their are multiple ruling that might be relevant in addition to the ones listed above.  Be sure to consult with an expert and do NOT rely on information that we posted on this page.  You must conduct your own full research.  Learn more at

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