Haiti Earned Import Allowance Program

The Earned Import Allowance Program (EIAP) provides duty-free entry for certain apparel from Haiti into the United States. For every two or three (depending on the date of the inquiry) square meter equivalents (SME) of qualifying fabric, one SME may enter the U.S. duty-free using third party yarn and fabric. Currently, OTEXA's Interim Procedures for the EIAP reflect the original program under HOPE II, with a “3 for 1” allowance. However, on May 24, 2010, HELP modified the EIAP by allowing one SME to enter duty-free for every two SMEs of qualifying fabric. OTEXA’s forthcoming final procedures for the EIAP will reflect this modification.

Qualifying producers and their designated proxies can only access the EIAP through OTEXA’s online system. The online system allows qualifying producers to request a new account, submit a request for a deposit into an existing account, redeem credits for import certificates, and review account balances and activity.


Earned Import Allowance Program: Interim Procedures (issued 9/15/2008)


Earned Import Allowance: Frequently Asked Questions


Earned Import Allowance Program: Webinar hosted by OTEXA (pre-HELP, reflecting “3 for 1” allowance)

Recording - September 26, 2008
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Earned Import Allowance Program: Online System

Request a new account
Request a deposit into an existing account
Request an import certificate
Review account balances and activity


Return to Trade Preference Programs for Haitian Textiles and Apparel.

If you have any questions regarding the Haiti EIAP, please contact Maria Goodman or Laurie Mease at the U.S. Department of Commerce Office of Textiles and Apparel at 202-482-3400 or by e-mail.