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

Burma (Myanmar)

Import Tariffs
Documentation/Procedures
Restrictions
Standards
Labeling
Intellectual Property Rights
Market Information

Last updated on 05/23/2011

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 - Burma (Myanmar)
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.

Burma (Myanmar): Tariffs (percent ad valorem) on Textiles, Apparel, Footwear and Travel Goods
HS Chapter/Subheading
Tariff Rate Range (%)
Yarn
-silk
5003-5006
3
-wool
5105-5110
0.5 - 2
-cotton
5204-5207
1 - 3
-other vegetable fiber
5306-5308
1.5 - 3
-man-made fiber
5401-5406/5501-5511
0.5 - 3
........................
Woven Fabric
-silk
5007
20
-wool
5111-5113
15
-cotton
5208-5212
4 - 7.5
-other vegetable fiber
5309-5311
3 - 4
-man-made fiber
5407-5408/5512-5516
15
Knit Fabric
60
5 - 15
.........................
Non Woven Fabric
5603
15
Industrial Fabric
59
0 - 15
........................
Apparel
61-62
2 - 20
Home Furnishings
including: bed, bath, kitchen linens, etc.......
63
1 - 20
......................
Carpet

Footwear

Travel Goods
57

64

4202

1.5 - 15

1.5 - 7.5

1 - 7.5

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

Temporary Entry - The government may allow temporary imports and exports for trade promotion or assembly purposes, with proper documentation from the Customs Department.

For information on how to determine tariff rates, see the Export.gov webpage on Tariffs and Import Fees.

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Import Documentation/Procedures (Burma (Myanmar))

Most goods imported into Burma require an import licence issued by the Burmese Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs of the Ministry of Commerce. To obtain a licence, importers must submit an application on the company letterhead, including the required fee, the pro forma invoice, sales contract, and, if required, recommendations from relevant government departments and/or organizations.

In May 2013, the Government of Myanmar removed license requirements for 593 imported goods including: garments.
The Myanmar Customs Department requires the following documentation:
1. Import license or permit
2. Invoice
3. Bill of Landing or Air Consignment Notice
4. Packing list
5. Other certificates and permits issued by the relevant government departments as a condition for impo

For more information on local customs rules and regulations:
Myanmar Customs Department.

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 Export.gov webpage on Common Export Documents.

For more information on import procedures and documentation requirements, see the Country Commercial Guides (CCG) in the U.S. Commercial Service Market Research Library (enter your country of interest in the "country" field, and enter "Country Commercial Guide (CCG)" in the "Report Type" field. Some market research reports are available only to U.S. companies and U.S. students/researchers that are registered with Export.gov.

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Import Restrictions (Burma (Myanmar))
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 - Burma (Myanmar)
The primary organizations that set and enforce standards are:

The Department of Research and Innovation (DRI) under the Ministry of Education maintains a standards library with national and international standards references and is the designated contact point for standardization issues.

The Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC). Yangon’s municipal government, is responsible for establishing weights and measures used countrywide, and for enforcing violations of these standards.

The Government of Myanmar generally recognizes international product standard certification, as well as certification from standards organizations in the United States, Europe, and Japan.

Publication of technical regulations
Laws and regulations are now published with increasing frequency in the government-owned newspaper, Global New Light of Myanmar, Myanmar Gazette as well as in the Ministry of Commerce’s Trade News. However, producers and marketers usually rely on contacts inside the government for information on standards. There is almost no opportunity for companies to comment publicly on standards, although government officials occasionally, and in an ad hoc fashion, informally consult directly with businesspersons or through trade bodies.

Local standards organization and other resources:
The Myanmar National Accreditation Body (MNAB)


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.

U.S. companies can register for the Notify U.S. service to learn about and comment on proposed changes to foreign standards, technical regulations, and conformity assessment procedures that may affect U.S. access to global markets.

Additional resources:

Examples of voluntary formaldehyde labeling programs

American Apparel and Footwear Association's Restricted Substances List

American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA) 2014 global guidebook on Understanding Chemical and Physical Requirements for Footwear

ASTM International


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Labeling - Burma (Myanmar)
Certain images, such as those that display a Buddha image or the national flag, cannot be used on labels or trademarks..

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Intellectual Property Rights - Burma (Myanmar)
No information is currently available.
For information on protecting your trademarks, patents and copyrights:

Export.gov --Protecting Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Abroad

StopFakes.gov


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Market Information - Burma (Myanmar)

U.S.-ASEAN Trade and Investment Framework Arrangement (TIFA)--The ten-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) collectively ranks as the United States' fifth largest trading partner and fourth largest export market. ASEAN countries include Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Concluded in 2006, the U.S.-ASEAN Trade and Investment Arrangement is intended to strengthen U.S. trade and investment ties with ASEAN both as a region and individually. Future goals include negotiating agreements on trade facilitation, as well as conducting dialogues on trade finance, trade and environment, and government-business synergy. These are in addition to the existing set of TIFA work plan items that include cooperation on standards and support for the ASEAN Single Window (ASW) project. For further information, see the ASEAN page on the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative website.

Government Procurement-- See Global Procurement Opportunities for U.S. exporters.

U.S. firms can sell products and services to the Government of Myanmar, but there are certain restrictions under remaining sanctions, such as exports of arms to Myanmar under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). Further details can be seen on the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the US Department of the Treasury

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 Center near you or contact an international office.

Other sources for market information and data:
OTEXA Export Market Report (U.S. export data for textiles, apparel, footwear and travel goods)

Export.gov Trade Data & Analysis webpage

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service

U.S. Department of State - U.S. Embassies, Consulates, and Diplomatic Missions and
U.S. Department of State Country Background Notes

U.S. Office of the Trade Representative

Local Industry and Trade Associations

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