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


Import Tariffs
Market Information

Last updated on 04/28/2011

If you have any questions about the following information, please contact Maria D'Andrea-Yothers 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 - Ethiopia
Ad valorem tariffs are applies on the c.i.f. (cost, Insurance and freight) value of an imported item.

Ethiopia: Tariffs (percent ad valorem) for Textiles, Apparel, Footwear and Travel Goods
HS Chapter/Subheading
Tariff Rate Range (%)
5 - 20
10 - 20
10 - 35
-other vegetable fiber
-man-made fiber
5 - 20
Woven Fabric
20 - 35
-other vegetable fiber
20 - 35
-man-made fiber
20 - 35
Knit Fabric
Non Woven Fabric
Industrial Fabric
5 - 35
Home Furnishings
including: bed, bath, kitchen linens, etc.
0 - 35


Travel Goods



10 - 35


For more detailed tariff information, see the Ethiopian Revenues and Customs Authority website (Under "Tools" in right hand column click on “Search Hs Codes”) or see the Tax Calculator also under "tools".

Additional Import Taxes and Fees--Ethiopia applies a VAT (value added tax) of 15 percent, which is applied to the sum of c.i.f. value, plus the import duty and any applicable excise tax.

An excise tax is levied on selected luxury and basic goods, as well as goods that are considered hazardous to health or that may cause social problems. The excise tax is applied to the c.i.f. value, plus import duty, and multiplied by the excise tax rate.
A 10-percent excise tax is applied to
  • Textile fabrics, knitted or woven of natural silk, rayon, nylon, wool or other similar materials
  • Textile of any type partly or wholly made from cotton, which is grey, white, dyed or printed, in pieces of any length or width (except mosquito net and "Abudgedid") and including blankets, bed sheets, counterpanes, towels, table clothes and similar articles
  • Apparel
A 30-percent excise tax is applied to carpets and other textile floor coverings.

A 10-percent surtax is applied to the sum of c.i.f. value plus the import duty, any applicable excise tax, and VAT.

A 3-percent income tax is collected on certain imports for commercial use and the collected amount is treated as a tax which is withheld and is creditable against the taxpayers’ income tax liability for the year. The tax is applied on the sum of the c.i.f. value.

A 2% witholding tax.

Samples/Temporary Entry - Commercial samples and advertising materials are exempt from import duty.

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 (Ethiopia)

No specific information is available.

For more information on local customs rules and regulations:
Ethiopian Revenues and Customs Authority

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 webpage on Common Export Documents.

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

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Import Restrictions (Ethiopia)
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 - Ethiopia
No specific information is available.

Local standards organization and other resources:
Ethiopian Standards Agency

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 - Ethiopia

The Ethiopian Standards Agency oversees labeling requirements. All imported goods must have shipping markings and labeling and should be identical on all documents, product related information such as expiration date of the product, VAT number, the name of manufacturing company and name of the product.

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Market Information - Ethiopia

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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