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

Burma (Myanmar)

Import Tariffs
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 (%)
0.5 - 2
1 - 3
-other vegetable fiber
1.5 - 3
-man-made fiber
0.5 - 3
Woven Fabric
4 - 7.5
-other vegetable fiber
3 - 4
-man-made fiber
Knit Fabric
5 - 15
Non Woven Fabric
Industrial Fabric
0 - 15
2 - 20
Home Furnishings
including: bed, bath, kitchen linens, etc.......
1 - 20


Travel Goods



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.

For information on how to determine tariff rates, see the 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.

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 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

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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 Ministry of Science and Technology is responsible for standards and conformity assessment.

Local standards organization and other resources:
Ministry of Science and Technology

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)
No information is currently available.

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

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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. 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) 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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