Textiles, Apparel, Footwear and Travel Goods
Last updated on 07/18/2017
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 - Iceland
|Iceland (with Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein) is a member of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA). EFTA members, except Switzerland, participate in the European Union (EU) single market through the European Economic Area (EEA) accord. |
Icelandic duty is calculated on the c.i.f. (cost, insurance and freight) value of the imported product. The following table provides a summary of Iceland's tariffs on textile and apparel products.
Icelandic Tariffs (percent ad valorem) on Textiles, Apparel, Footwear and Travel Goods
Tariff Rate Range (%)
|-other vegetable fiber|
|-other vegetable fiber|
|Non Woven Fabric|
|Home Furnishings |
including: bed, bath, kitchen linens, etc.
More detailed tariff information may be obtained by visiting Icelandic Customs Website. Use the "A" column for U.S. products. See also Tollskrá (Customs Tariff) 2017. Also see the Current Situation of Schedules of Members on the World Trade Organization website.
Additional Import Taxes and Fees--A VAT (value added tax) of 24 percent is applied on the c.i.f value plus duty on most imports.
There is a surveillance fee on electrical materials subject to surveillance (such as plastics, electric blankets, articles of iron and steel, electrical machinery, motors, optical fibers, time switches with motors, lamps and lighting fittings) that is applied to certain products classified under HS 5526, 5603, 5849, 5851, 5865, 5868-75, 5878-81, 5883-85, 5892-5905 and a number of headings under HS chapters 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64 and 65.
Temporary Entry/Samples--Samples may be imported into Iceland duty-free if they are of little or no commercial value, or have been made unfit for use. Materials for trade shows and exhibitions can be completely exempt from customs duty and/or VAT when they are imported into Iceland temporarily, to be re-exported unmodified. Samples may be imported temporarily by using the ATA carnet.
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 (Iceland)
Import Restrictions (Iceland)
|No information is currently available on any bans, quotas, or other restrictions.|
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|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
Standards - Iceland
EU legislation harmonizes mandatory requirements for product safety throughout the European Economic Area - EEA, covering all 28 EU member states and including Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. With appropriate certification, goods travel freely within the EEA. However, products tested and certified in the United States are likely to have to be retested and re-certified to EU requirements due to the EU’s different approach to the protection of the health and safety of consumers and the environment. Where products are not regulated by specific EU technical legislation, they are always subject to the EU’s General Product Safety Directive (GPSD), as well as to possible additional national (i.e., specific country) requirements.
The following are the main regulations that may apply to textiles, apparel, footwear and travel goods:
See the EU country report for more information on these regulatory requirements.
- General Product Safety Directive (GPSD) - 2001/95/EC
- CE Marking
- REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) - EC1907/2006
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Directive 89/686/EEC (re. occupational/safety clothing and footwear)
- Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) - EU 528/2012 (amending regulation 334/2014)
- European Labelling Directives (see section on Labeling)
Local standards organization and other resources:
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Labeling - Iceland
As a member of the European Economic Area - EEA, Iceland complies with EU directives. For information labeling, see Labeling - European Union. Product labels must be in Icelandic, English, or another Nordic language other than Finnish.
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Market Information - Iceland
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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