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


Import Tariffs
Market Information

Last updated on 02/27/2013

If you have any questions about the following information, please contact Robert Carrigg at the U.S. Department of Commerce- Office of Textiles and Apparel at 202-482-3400 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 - Argentina
Argentina and its Southern Cone Common Market (MERCOSUR) partners, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay apply a common external tariff (CET) on most products imported from non-MERCOSUR countries. However, there are a number of exceptions in several categories, including textile and apparel products. Full CET product coverage, which would result in duty free movement within MERCOSUR, was originally scheduled for implementation in 2006, but has been deferred until 2009. Tariffs, listed in the table below, are assessed on an ad valorem basis, i.e., duties are assessed as a percentage of the cost, insurance, and freight (c.i.f.) value of the imported merchandise.

Argentina: Tariffs (percent ad valorem) for Textiles, Apparel, Footwear and Travel Goods
HS Chapter/Subheading
Tariff Rate Range (%)
4 - 18
10 - 18
-other vegetable fiber
-man-made fiber
2 - 18
Woven Fabric
2 - 26
-other vegetable fiber
-man-made fiber
2 - 26
Knit Fabric
15.5 - 26
Non Woven Fabric
2 - 26
Industrial Fabric
10 - 26
Home Furnishings
including: bed, bath, kitchen linens, etc.


Travel Goods
* HS 6307.90.20 = 2%



18 - 35


For more detailed tariff information, see the Current Situation of Schedules of Members on the World Trade Organization website.

The MERCOSUR website provides the CET (i.e., AEC - Arancel Externo Comun) for the MERCOSUR member countries, which may be different from the effective rates depending on the agreed upon exceptions. On the MERCOSUR website, under “INSTITUCIONAL” in the middle of the page > click on “MERCOSUR” > click on "Régimen de Origen y Arancel Externo Común" > then click on “Arancel Externo Común”; or, go directly to the Arancel Externo Comun page. In the blank by “Nomenclatura” in the gold line, put in your HTS number and click the blue arrow.

Reference or Minimum Import Prices--"Criterion values" (also known as minium import prices or reference values) are used by Argentine Customs as a means to prevent the under-invoicing of imports. When there is a difference between the criterion value and the declared value, the importer must make a deposit for taxes due on the price differential. This deposit is held during the period of investigation on the "real/market" import price.

See a list of criterion values at Argentina's list of criterion values for various products is modified frequently. U.S. exporters are advised to contact their Argentine importer for the most recent information or check with the Administración Federal de Ingresos Públicos (Federal Administration of Public Revenue) - AFIP.

Taxes and Other Import Fees--In addition to import tariffs, the following fees and taxes may apply:
  • 0.5 percent statistics fee on the c.i.f. value (a cap of $500 applies for textile products)
  • 21 percent VAT (value added tax) on the c.i.f. value plus tariff and statistics fee
  • verification tax with a maximum rate of 2 percent on the customs value
Temporary entry/samples--When sending samples to Argentina, a Customs Declaration for Promotional Material application form must be submitted. The Temporary Admission Regime (TAR) allows duty-free admission of goods such as commercial samples, packaging, pallets, containers, and goods for exhibits. The exports must be completed within the stipulated time as set by customs in accordance with the type of imported merchandise. Failure to re-export goods will result in a fine. A bond is required to cover the value of import charges for the goods. The bond will be refunded when the goods are re-exported.

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 (Argentina)

Port Restrictions--Customs Resolution No. 3/2010 provides an updated list of authorized ports-of-entry for textiles and apparel (NCM chapters 50-63), footwear (NCM chapter 64) and travel goods (NCM 42.02). The new resolution lists two additional authorized ports-of-entry for the above mentioned products. Ports as listed in Resolutions No. 3/2010 are as follows:

Textile and Apparel (HS chapters 50-63 --excluding HS 5201.00.20 and HS 5201.00.90)
Buenos Aires, Ezeiza, Paso de los Libres, Córdoba, Rosario, Campana, Mar del Plata, Puerto Iguazú, Bahía Blanca, Santa Fe, Puerto Madryn, Puerto Deseado, Comodoro Rivadavia, Santo Tomé, Mendoza, San Juan, Salta, La Plata.

Footwear (HS chapter 64)
Buenos Aires, Ezeiza, Paso de los Libres, Córdoba, Rosario, Campana, Mar del Plata, Santo Tomé, Salta, La Plata.

Travel Goods (HS 4202)
Buenos Aires, Ezeiza, Paso de los Libres, Córdoba, Rosario, Campana, Mar del Plata, Mendoza, San Juan, Santo Tomé, Salta, La Plata.

Administrative Mechanisms--Customs External Note 87/2008 of October 2008 establishes administrative mechanisms that could restrict the entry of products deemed sensitive, such as textiles, apparel, footwear, toys, electronic products, and leather goods, among others. The stated purpose of the measure is to prevent under-invoicing. While restrictions are not country-specific, they are to be applied more stringently to goods from countries considered "high risk" for under invoicing, and to products considered at risk for under invoicing, as well as trademark fraud.

Certificate of Origin--A certificate of origin is mandatory for the importation of fabrics, garments, made up goods and footwear for domestic consumption. The certificate of origin must be issued in the country of origin by the competent government authority or by the entity to which this function has been delegated. Certificates of origin must be legalized by the Argentine consulate in the country of origin and are valid for six months.

Import Licenses--Non-automatic import licensing requirements apply to a wide range of products, including apparel and footwear to toys, luggage and certain household goods. Regulations require pre-registration, review and approval of every import transaction. Importers are required to provide additional documentation to an office within the Argentine Ministry of Economy and Production (MEP) for review and approval prior to the shipment of their products. Import license applications must be registered with the Under Secretariat for Trade Policy and Management for customs clearance.

For more information on Argentina’s licensing requirements, see the Foreign Trade Secretariat, Dirección Nacional de Gestión Comercial Externa: Dirección de Importaciones: Licencias de Importación webpage.

Statement of Product Composition--Under Resolution 404/2016, domestic producers and importers of textile products and footwear must submit a Declaration of Product Composition (Declaracion Jurada de Composicion - DJCP) to the Secretariat of Trade that includes the percentage fiber composition for textile products, and constituent materials for footwear. The DJCP is to support the accuracy of the information included on the product label. If discrepancies are found, the National Institute of Industrial Technology (INTI) may carry out technical tests on samples of the products.

For more information on local customs rules and regulations:
Dirección Nacional de Impuestos, Ministerio de Economía -National Tax Bureau, Ministry of Economy

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 (Argentina)
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 - Argentina

The MERCOSUR Standards Association, AMN (Asociacion MERCOSUR de Normalizacion - AMN), previously known as the Comité MERCOSUR de Normalización) – made up of the standards institutes of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay -- develops and harmonizes standards. The five countries generally adopt all of these regulations, though not always at the same time. Several hundred standards are at different stages of preparation or in the work plan. Venezuela will participate in this activity, as well, as a full member of MERCOSUR.

Local standards organization and other resources:

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 - Argentina

The Southern Cone Common Market (MERCOSUR) countries, which include Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, have adopted new labeling requirements for textile and apparel products produced in or imported for consumption into a MERCOSUR member country. The Mercosur Technical Regulations on Product Labeling Textiles (Reglamento Técnico Mercosur Sobre Etiquetado de Productos Textiles) requires the following information on a permanent label that is either attached, stamped, printed or otherwise affixed to most textile and apparel products:

  • name or registered brand and tax identification of the domestic producer or importer
  • country of origin
  • fiber content
  • care instructions (text and/or symbols, conforming to ISO 3758: 2013)
  • size or dimensions, as applicable.
This information must be in the language of the country of consumption, but may also be in other languages. For more details see the see the text of the Argentine regulations re. Reglamento Técnico Mercosur Sobre Etiquetado de Productos Textiles.

Statement of Product Composition--Under Resolution 404/2016, domestic producers and importers of textile products and footwear must submit a Declaration of Product Composition (Declaracion Jurada de Composicion - DJCP) to the Secretariat of Trade that includes the percentage fiber composition for textile products, and constituent materials for footwear. The DJCP is to support the accuracy of the information included on the product label. If discrepancies are found, the National Institute of Industrial Technology (INTI) may carry out technical tests on samples of the products.

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Market Information - Argentina

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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