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)
2105 Laurel Bush Rd., Ste. 200
Bel Air, MD 21015
Tel: (443) 640-1050 x105
Fax: (443) 640-1086
Email: jackie@ksgroup.org
http://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



CS Used Clothing Client Policy

The Commercial Service strives to provide exceptional customer service to help U.S. companies, especially small- and medium-sized, export overseas. Due to various limitations and constraints, however, we are not able to help every U.S. exporter. Periodically, CS domestic offices and overseas posts receive export assistance requests from used-clothing companies located in the Unites States. Due to the nature of the client’s expectations, obstacles the targeted overseas market presents, and limited CS resources, we might not be able to provide assistance to used-clothing clients in finding partners overseas.

For the following reasons, the Commercial Service can decide not to work with used-clothing companies:

If Post and the USEAC determine that CS involvement is appropriate and the targeted market is viable for the used-clothing clients, a U.S. export or local U.S. business interest is at stake, and resources are available, then the Commercial Service can offer assistance to used-clothing clients on a cost-recovery basis. Alternatively, to facilitate potential partnerships, we can provide used-clothing clients located in the U.S. a list of local used- clothing companies in the targeted overseas market whereupon they can make direct contact.

Past OTEXA cases:

Cameroon: In September 2001, the Government of Cameroon (GOC) announced its intention to ban imports of worn clothing for health reasons, specifically citing HIV/AIDS and skin diseases. A Department of Commerce textile compliance team intervened and expressed U.S. government concern about this new restriction and provided documentation in the form of a letter from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) that there is no known risk of contracting HIV/AIDS from wearing worn clothing. As a result of intervention by the U.S. Government, the GOC only implemented a ban on worn undergarments as opposed to all types of worn clothing.

Mali: In April 2002, OTEXA received a complaint that a U.S. worn clothing exporter was facing discriminatory duties, roughly twice that of shipments from Belgium and France. A Department of Commerce textile compliance team assisted the Government of Mali in implementing their Customs Valuation Agreement, resulting in equal treatment for U.S. exporters.

Tanzania: In April 2002, the Government of Tanzania (GOT) proposed restrictive measures on worn clothing, including a rigorous inspection process, bale size limits, and grading and sorting standards. A Department of Commerce textile compliance team, through diplomatic channels, successfully persuaded the GOT not to implement these restrictive measures.

East African Customs Union: In January 2005, the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART) brought to our attention that the East African Customs Union (EACU), comprised of Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda, significantly raised duties on worn clothing. A U.S. Department of Commerce trade compliance team raised this issue with the EACU. As a result of U.S. Government and local industry opposition, EACU officials repealed the high tariffs back to their previous rates. Shortly after, however, the EACU once again raised duties on worn clothing, although to lower rates than previously administered. We continue to work with our Embassies and the United States Trade Representative to address these high tariffs and encourage the EACU to lower duties on worn clothing to previous rates.