Worn (Used) Clothing and Textile Products

U.S. exporters of worn (used) clothing and textile products face numerous restrictions and requirements when shipping their products to foreign markets, such as import bans, requirements for fumigation, proof of sanitation documents, and preshipment inspections.

Exporting Worn Clothing: Foreign Restrictions and Requirements
U.S. Trade Data on Worn Clothing and Textile Products
U.S. Worn Clothing and Textile Products Industry Associations and Contacts




Exporting Worn Clothing: Foreign Restrictions and Requirements

The following table summarizes worn clothing exporting requirements in listed countries. Information contained in this table is provided only as a guide. It is important to check with your importer or the appropriate authorities to confirm current restrictions and requirements.

COUNTRY
RESTRICTION AND/OR BAN
FUMIGATION CERTIFICATE REQUIRED?
ADDITIONAL REGULATIONS
Algeria
YES
-
-
Angola
-
YES
-
Argentina
YES
BAN EXCEPT FOR DONATIONS TO GOVERNMENT OR RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS
Bangladesh
-
YES
-
Bolivia
-
YES
PERMIT REQUIRED FROM MINISTRY OF HEALTH - THERE IS A TOTAL PROHIBITION FOR THE IMPORTATION OF WORN HATS, SHOES, UNDERWEAR AND LINGERIE.
Botswana
YES
-
-
Brazil
YES
-
"SEVERE RESTRICTIONS"
Bulgaria
YES
YES
-
Cameroon
-
YES
NO IMPORTATION OF WORN UNDERGARMENTS
Chile
-
YES
DUTY-FREE UNDER THE U.S.-CHILE FTA
China
YES
-
-
Colombia
YES
YES
SUBJECT TO IMPORT LICENSE, BUT NO IMPORT LICENSES ARE BEING ISSUED
Costa Rica
-
YES
- DR-CAFTA duty free
Dominican Republic
YES
DR-CAFTA, worn clothing banned
Ecuador
YES
-
-
El Salvador
YES
Used clothing and used rags must be accompanied by a health certificate issued by the competent authorities of the exporting country. Used clothing must be fumigated and certified in El Salvador prior to customs clearance and market entry. DR-CAFTA duty free
Egypt
-
YES
-
Eritrea
YES
-
-
Ethiopia
-
-
REQUIRES PRIOR APPROVAL/SUBJECT TO SPECIFIC DUTIES
Ghana
-
YES
20% "SPECIAL TAX" LEVIED
Greece
-
YES
CERTAIN RESTRICTIONS APPLY
Guatemala
-
-
DR-CAFTA duty-free
Haiti
YES
-
-
Honduras
-
YES
DR-CAFTA duty-free
Hungary
-
-
IMPORT LICENSE REQUIRED
Iceland
-
YES
-
India
YES
YES
-Units in the Special Economic zone can sell worn clothing in the Domestic Tariff Area to the extent of 15% of the cif value of imports made in the previous year
Indonesia
YES
-
-
Iran
YES
-
-
Israel
YES
-
BAN ON IMPORTS OF SECONDS FABRICS; RESTRICTIONS ON IMPORTS OF WORN CLOTHING
Kenya
-
YES
-
Lebanon
-
YES
-
Lesotho
YES
-
-
Liberia
YES
-
EXCEPTION: WHEN SHIPMENTS CONSIGNED TO CHARITABLE INSTITUTIONS
Malawi
YES
YES
-
Mauritius
YES
-
-
Mexico
YES
-
-
Morocco
YES
-
REQUIRES IMPORT LICENSE, WHICH IS NOT GRANTED
Mozambique
-
YES
-
Namibia
YES
-
NON-AUTOMATIC LICENSES APPLY TO IMPORTED WORN CLOTHING. IN PRACTICE, HOWEVER, LICENSES ARE NOT ISSUED, SERVING AS A DE FACTO BAN.
Nicaragua
YES
prohibited under DR-CAFTA until 2016
Nigeria
YES
-
-
Pakistan
-
YES
-
Papua New Guinea
-
YES
-
Paraguay
YES
YES
-
Peru
YES
YES
EXCEPTION: DONATED ITEMS
Philippines
YES
-
-
St Kitts, Nevis
-
YES
-
St Lucia
YES
-
-
Saudi Arabia
-
YES
-
Sierra Leone
-
YES
CONSULAR LEGALIZATION REQUIRED
Somalia
-
YES
-
South Africa
YES
-
IMPORT PERMITS ARE REQUIRED, AND ONLY GRANTED IF SUCH GOODS OR SUBSTITUTES ARE NOT MANUFACTURED DOMESTICALLY, CONSTITUTING A DE FACTO BAN.
Sri Lanka
-
YES
-
Syria
YES
-
-
Tanzania
-
YES
-
Uganda
-
YES
-
Uruguay
-
YES
-
Venezuela
YES
-
-
Vietnam
YES
-
-

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U.S. Trade Data on Worn Clothing and Textile Products

Schedule B numbers are worn by the U.S. Census Bureau to classify exports. The following are the official Schedule B numbers and definitions for worn clothing and other worn textiles:

6309.00 - Worn clothing and other worn articles
6310.00 - Used or new rags, scrap twine, cordage, rope and cables, and worn-out articles of twine, cordage, rope or cables, of textile materials

Click here for detailed, current export data, and look up by Schedule B code noted above.



U.S. Worn Clothing and Textile Products Industry Associations and Contacts

Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART)
The Association of Wiping Materials, Used Clothing and Fiber Industries
3465 Box Hill Corporate Center Dr., Suite H
Abingdon, MD 21009
Tel: 443.640.1050 X105
Fax: 443.640.1086
Email: jackie@kingmgmt.org
www.smartasn.org

American Reusable Textile Association (ARTA)
http://www.arta1.com/

Goodwill Industries International, Inc.
15810 Indianola Drive
Rockville, MD 20855
Tel: (301) 530-6500

http://www.goodwill.org/


Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA)
U.S. Department of Commerce
Washington, DC 20230
Phone: (202) 482-5078  |  Fax: (202) 482-2331
OTEXA@trade.gov