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

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Import Tariffs
Documentation/Procedures
Restrictions
Standards
Labeling
Market Information

Last updated on 11/02/2012

If you have any questions about the following information, please contact Linda Martinich at the U.S. Department of Commerce- Office of Textiles and Apparel at 202-482-4058 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 - Bosnia & Herzegovina
Customs duties on all commodities imported into the customs territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina (B&H) are paid ad valorem at rates of 0, 5, 10 and 15 percent. These rates apply to commodities originating from countries that have concluded an agreement with a Most Favored Nation clause with Bosnia and Herzegovina, or from those countries that apply the same clause on the commodities originating from B&H. Upon B&H accession to the World Trade Organization, most-favored nation (MFN) treatment will be granted to all WTO members.

Bosnia-Herzegovina Tariffs (percent ad valorem) for Textiles, Apparel, Footwear and Travel Goods
HS Chapter/
Subheading
Tariff Rate Range (%)
Yarn
-silk
5003-5006
0
-wool
5105-5110
0 – 5
-cotton
5204-5207
5
-other vegetable fiber
5306-5308
0-5
-man-made fiber
5401-5406/5501-5511
0 – 10
Woven Fabric
-silk
5007
5 – 10
-wool
5111-5113
5 – 10
-cotton
5208-5212
5 - 10
-other vegetable fiber
5309-5311
10
-man-made fiber
5407-5408/5512-5516
10
Knit Fabric
60
10
Non-Woven Fabric
5603
0 – 5
Industrial Fabric
59
0 – 10
Apparel
61-62
15
Home Furnishing
including: bed, bath, kitchen
linen, etc.
63
0 – 15
Carpet

Footwear

Travel Goods
57

64

4202
10 – 15

3 - 15

10

For more detailed tariff information see Uprava za Indirektno Oporezivanje Bosne i Hercegovine (Indirect Taxation Administration of Bosnia and Herzegovina) Click on “English” > If the new page doesn’t translate, click on “English” at the top right hand corner. > Under "Customs” at the bottom of the page, click on “ Read More". Click on the “CUSTOMS TARIFF” tag in the left hand column. > Click on the "CUSTOMS TARIFF" tage at the left. Use the “Rate of duty (%)” column.

Goods for military and police forces in the entities that are fully donor financed are exempt from customs duties.

Additional Import Taxes and Fees--B&H applies a value added tax (VAT) of 17 percent on all imported and domestic goods. A charge of 1 percent of the customs value on imported goods for customs record keeping is also applied.

Samples/Temporary Entry requirements--Exemption from customs duties is granted for goods that are being used for commercial/promotional purposes including goods used and/or consumed at trade fairs including samples, printed materials (brochures, catalogs, price lists, photographs, videos, etc.), equipment, machines and other products that are being displayed at trade fairs, and various items of insignificant commercial value. Bosnia & Herzegovina accepts ATA Carnets for commercial samples, exhibitions and fairs, and professional equipment. The maximum period for temporary entry is twelve months. The full list of goods that can be imported under this regime is provided in the Law on Customs Policy.

ATA Carnet--An ATA Carnet or "Merchandise Passport" is a document that facilitates the temporary importation of products into foreign countries by eliminating tariffs and other import taxes or charges normally required at the time of importation. For more information or to apply for an ATA Carnet, see the United States Council for International Business website.

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 (Bosnia & Herzegovina)

No specific information is available.

For more information on local customs rules and regulations:

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 (Bosnia & Herzegovina)
No information is currently available on any bans, quotas, or other restrictions.
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 - Bosnia & Herzegovina
No specific information is available.

Local standards organization and other resources:
Institute for Standardization – BAS

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 - Bosnia & Herzegovina

In general, labels must contain the following information: name of the product, full address of the importer and the country of origin, net quantity/weight/volume, ingredients, manner of storage (transport, use, or maintenance), and pertinent consumer warnings. All information must be translated into the languages of B&H--Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian--and affixed to (or accompanying) the product before it is put on the market.


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Market Information - Bosnia & Herzegovina


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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