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

Central African Republic

Import Tariffs
Intellectual Property Rights
Market Information

Last updated on 05/03/2011

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 - Central African Republic
The Central African Republic is a member of the Central African Economic and Monetary Community - Communauté Économique et Monétaire de l'Afrique Centrale (CEMAC), along with Cameroon, Chad, the Republic of the Congo (also known as Congo-Brazzaville (Brazzaville is the capital), or the Congo), Equatorial Guinea, and Gabon. Barring a few exceptions, the customs tariffs are based on the CEMAC common external tariff (CET), which are ad valorem. The CEMAC CET is applied on the c.i.f. (cost, insurance, freight) value.

Central African Republic (CEMAC): Tariffs (percent ad valorem) for Textiles, Apparel, Footwear and Travel Goods
HS Chapter/Subheading
Tariff Rate Range (%)
10 - 30
5 - 30
-other vegetable fiber
-man-made fiber
Woven Fabric
10 - 30
-other vegetable fiber
10 - 30
-man-made fiber
10 - 30
Knit Fabric
10 - 30
Non Woven Fabric
Industrial Fabric
5 - 30
.Home Furnishings
including: bed, bath, kitchen linens, etc.................
10 - 30


Travel Goods



20 - 30

More detailed tariff information, see the Investir en Zone Franc (IZF)/CEMAC (CET) – Hold cursor over “ESPACE GENERAL”, Under “TARIFS DOUANIERS” click on “Les Tarifs douaniers en Afrique Centrale (CEMAC), then click on "Nomenclature tarifaire et statistique de la Communauté Économique et Monétaire de l'Afrique Centrale.". See also the Current Situation of Schedules of Members.

Additional Import Taxes and Fees--The taxable base for imports is the customs value plus customs duty and excise duty where applicable. The Central African Republic charges a VAT of 19 percent. In addition, a 1 percent CEMAC CET, applicable to imports originating in countries outside the CEMAC; the 0.4 percent Community integration contribution (CCI) of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), applicable to imports originating in countries outside the ECCAS; the 0.05 percent OHADA (Organization for the Harmonization of Commercial Law in Africa) levy.

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

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Import Documentation/Procedures (Central African Republic)

For more information on local customs rules and regulations:
No information is currently available.
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 (Central African Republic)
Imports of printed fabrics are restricted.

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 - Central African Republic
There is no standardization regime at the national level. When needed, standards laid down by the Association Française de Normalisation – AFNOR (French Standards Association) are used.

Local standards organization and other resources:
No information is currently available.

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 - Central African Republic
No information is currently available.

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Intellectual Property Rights - Central African Republic
The Central African Republic is a member of the African Intellectual Property Organization - OAPI, which serves as the national industrial property office and provides a common system of administrative procedures for registering rights. The procedure commences with the filing of an application, which, in the case of applicants domiciled outside the OAPI member States, must be submitted to the OAPI, either through an agent appointed in one of the member States or under the procedures laid down in the Patent Cooperation Treaty.

For information on protecting your trademarks, patents and copyrights: --Protecting Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Abroad

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Market Information - Central African Republic

The Africa Portal is a one-stop shop for trade assistance in Africa. The U.S. Commercial Service in partnership with the U.S. Department of State helps your business grow by offering commercial and trade facilitation services in most African markets.

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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Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA)
U.S. Department of Commerce
Washington, DC 20230
Phone: (202) 482-5078  |  Fax: (202) 482-2331