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


Import Tariffs
Market Information

Last updated on 01/28/2013

If you have any questions about the following information, please contact Maria D'Andrea-Yothers 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 - Bangladesh
Bangladesh's import tariffs are ad valorem and applied on the c.i.f. (cost, insurance, freight and other charges) value.

Bangladesh: Ad valorem Tariffs on Textiles, Apparel, Footwear and Travel Goods
HS Chapter/Subheading
Tariff Rate Range (%)
5 - 10
-other vegetable fiber
10 - 25
-man-made fiber
5 - 25
Woven Fabric
-other vegetable fiber
-man-made fiber
Knit Fabric
Non Woven Fabric
Industrial Fabric
1 - 25
10 - 25
Home Furnishings
including: bed, bath, kitchen linens, etc.
5 - 25


Travel Goods





More detailed tariff information, see the Customs Tariff 2012-13 on the Bangladesh National Board of Revenue - NBR website At the top hold mouse over the “Tax types” tab > On the drop-down menu, click on “Tariff Schedule” or go directly to the Tariff Schedule. Use column 5 (Statutory Rate of Import Duty).. Or see the Current Situation of Schedules of Members on the World Trade Organization website.

Tariff concessions are provided on certain imports provided for under a specific use or end-use provisions in the leather and textile industries. The National Board of Revenue - NBR provides special exemptions on chemicals for leather and leather goods, textile raw materials, and machinery. Duty drawback and special bonded warehouses allow for import duties paid on inputs used in the manufacture of finished products to be refunded or exempted. Exemptions from customs tariffs are also granted on imports destined for export-processing zones.

Additional taxes and charges-
  • 15% VAT(applied on the c.i.f. + duty)
  • 4% Infrastructure development surcharge is levied on almost all imports, excepting rice, raw hides, cotton, synthetic fiber, and computer hardware and software

Temporary Entry - Agents and representatives of foreign manufacturers are allowed to import machinery and equipment from their principals for purposes of demonstration or exhibition, subject to the following conditions:

The goods brought into Bangladesh will be re-exported within a period of one year;
The importer executes a bond and furnishes a bank guarantee of understanding or a legal instrument to the satisfaction of Customs at the time of clearance indicating that the goods will be re-exported in a timely manner;
If the goods include any banned or restricted items, prior permission is required from the CCIE.

Equipment or machinery imported on a temporary basis can be exempt from duty if the importer obtains an import/export permit.

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 (Bangladesh)

No specific information is available.

For more information on local customs rules and regulations:
National Board of Revenue - NBR

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 (Bangladesh)

Restricted products can be imported only by registered industrial consumers, including export-oriented ready made garments, hosiery and specified textile industries operating under the bonded warehouse system.

The importation of fishing nets (Gill net) classified under H.S. code 56.08 is restricted. With prior permission from the Director General of Fisheries Department, only deep-sea fishing vessels shall be allowed to import nets with meshes of 4.5 cm or above under Sea Fish Ordinance, 1983 (Ord. No. XXXV of 1983).

The importation of polypropylene bags classified under H.S. code 6305.31 is banned.

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 - Bangladesh
No specific information is available.

Local standards organization and other resources:
Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution - BSTI

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 - Bangladesh

In general, all imports are required to carry a label indicating the country of origin. The label must also indicate quantity, weight, measurements, trade description, component materials, and date of manufacture/expiry. Bangla or English is permissible for labelling. Imported goods, including their containers, must not bear any words or inscription of a religious connotation.

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Market Information - Bangladesh

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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