Market Reports/Tariffs
Textiles, Apparel, Footwear and Travel Goods

Bahamas

Import Tariffs
Documentation/Procedures
Restrictions
Standards
Labeling
Market Information

Last updated on 02/15/2012

If you have any questions about the following information, please contact Maria Dybczak at the U.S. Department of Commerce- Office of Textiles and Apparel at 202-482-3400 or click here for e-mail access.

**The following information is provided only as a guide and should be confirmed with the proper authorities before embarking on any export activities.**


Import Tariffs - Bahamas
The Bahamas is a member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), along with Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago. Only slightly more than half of the members appear to have implemented the CARICOM common external tariff (CET) whereby goods entering any member country from nonmember countries will be assessed with the same tariff rate. Consequently, a wide range of applied tariff rates continue to exist across member countries.

Customs value is based on the c.i.f. (cost, insurance, freight) value of the goods at the time of import and includes all other foreign costs.

The Bahamas: Tariffs (percent ad valorem) for Textiles, Apparel, Footwear and Travel Goods
HS Chapter/Subheading
Tariff Rate Range (%)
Yarn
-silk
5003-5006
45
-wool
5105-5110
45
-cotton
5204-5207
10 - 45
-other vegetable fiber
5306-5308
45
-man-made fiber
5401-5406/5501-5511
10 - 45
........................
Woven Fabric
-silk
5007
30
-wool
5111-5113
30
-cotton
5208-5212
30
-other vegetable fiber
5309-5311
30
-man-made fiber
5407-5408/5512-5516
30
Knit Fabric
60
45
.........................
Non Woven Fabric
5603
45
Industrial Fabric
59
10 - 45
........................
Apparel
61-62
0 - 45
Home Furnishings
including: bed, bath, kitchen linens, etc.......
63
0 - 45
........................
Carpet

Footwear

Travel Goods
57

64

4202
45

25 - 45

0 - 45

For more detailed tariff information, see The Government of the Bahamas, click on “Businesses” at the top, scroll down to “Useful Agency Links”, click on “Customs Department”, then click on the website http://www.bahamas.gov.bs/customs. Under “Useful Links”, click on “Tariff book”, or go directly to The Bahama Customs Tariff Book.

Additional import taxes and fees--A stamp tax of 7% is applied on the CIF value of all imported goods.

Temporary Entry / Samples--Goods may be imported on a temporary basis against a security bond or deposit, which is refundable upon re-exportation. However, the stamp tax may not be refundable. Goods for business meetings or conventions are allowed for a period up to one month after the meeting or convention is over. Samples, may be approved by the Comptroller of Customs for up to three months. The salesperson must have a valid Immigration permit in order to clear commercial samples through Customs.

If your product is primarily made in the U.S. of U.S. originating components it may qualify for duty-free entry into countries with which the U.S. has a free trade agreement (FTA). The U.S. currently has FTAs with the following countries: Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Jordan, Mexico, Morocco, Nicaragua, Oman, Panama, Peru, Singapore and South Korea. See the FTA Tariff Tool, to determine the duty-free status or reduced duties that apply to products eligible under these free trade agreements.

Additional resources for tariff information:

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Import Documentation/Procedures (Bahamas)

No specific information is available.

For more information on local customs rules and regulations:
Bahamas Customs Department

For information on common export documents, such as transportation documents, export compliance documents, certificates of origin, certificates for shipments of specific goods, temporary shipment documents, and other export-related documents, see the Export.gov webpage on Common Export Documents.

For country-specific information on import procedures and documentation requirements, see the
Country Commercial Guides (CCG) on the export.gov website.

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Import Restrictions (Bahamas)


U.S. Export Restrictions:

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) in the U.S. Department of the Treasury administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions against targeted foreign countries, terrorists, and international narcotics traffickers and their agents in accordance with U.S. foreign policy and national security goals. The OFAC website includes summaries of sanctions programs for various countries and the “Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons” (SDNs) list of entities and individuals with whom U.S. persons may not conduct business and whose property must be blocked if under the control of a U.S. person.

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) in the U.S. Department of Commerce is responsible for implementing and enforcing the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), which regulate the export and re-export of most commercial items. BIS maintains the Denied Persons List, which consists of individuals, and companies that have been denied export and re-export privileges by BIS, and the Entity List, which consists of foreign end users who pose an unacceptable risk of diverting U.S. exports and the technology they contain to alternate destinations for the development of weapons of mass destruction

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Standards - Bahamas
No specific information is available.

Local standards organization and other resources:
CARICOM Regional Organization of Standards and Quality - CROSQ

The National Center for Standards and Certification Information (NCSCI) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the U.S. Department of Commerce provides information on U.S. and foreign standards, technical regulations, and conformity assessment procedures for non-agricultural products. NCSCI staff responds to requests for information by identifying relevant standards and regulations, and by referral to the appropriate standards-developers or private-sector organizations. Under copyright restrictions, NCSCI cannot provide copies of standards, but NCSCI does provide sources for accessing standards.


Notify U.S. - Member countries of the World Trade Organization (WTO) are required under the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT Agreement) to report to the WTO all proposed technical regulations that could affect trade with other Member countries. Notify U.S. is a free, web-based e-mail subscription service that offers U.S. companies an opportunity to review and comment on proposed foreign technical regulations that may affect their access to international markets.

Additional resources:

Examples of voluntary formaldehyde labeling programs

American Apparel and Footwear Association's Restricted Substances List

American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

ASTM International

International Organization for Standardization (ISO)


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Labeling - Bahamas

Generally, The Bahamas follows U.S. regulations on labeling and marketing requirements. All labeling and markings must be in English.


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Market Information - Bahamas


No specific information is available.



U.S. companies may contact the U.S. Commercial Service for information and personalized counseling at every step of the exporting process. Find a U.S. Export Assistance Centers near you.

For information on protecting trademarks, designs, patents and copyrights, see the STOPFAKES.GOV website. STOPFAKES.GOV is dedicated to helping U.S. companies protect their innovations and safely market their products at home and overseas. Find guidance and resources on how to register your company's intellectual property and protect it from counterfeiting and piracy. Also find IPR toolkits for select countries, as well as other country-specific information.

For information on selling to foreign governments, see the Global Procurement Opportunities website.

Other sources for market information and data:
OTEXA Export Market Report (U.S. export data for textiles, apparel, footwear and travel goods)

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service

U.S. Department of State - U.S. Embassies, Consulates, and Diplomatic Missions

U.S. Office of the Trade Representative

Local Industry and Trade Associations

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