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

El Salvador

Import Tariffs
Market Information

Last updated on 08/25/2017

If you have any questions about the following information, please contact Richard Stetson 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 - El Salvador
The United States, Honduras, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic are partners in the U.S - Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR), which allows for increased opportunities for U.S. textile and apparel trade and business in the CAFTA-DR region. For example, qualifying U.S. textile and apparel products enter the CAFTA region duty free. For more information on benefits provided under the this agreement, see the CAFTA-DR in the FTA section.

U.S. exports that do not qualify under the CAFTA-DR are subject to non-preferential treatment as outlined below.

El Salvador is a member of the Central American Common Market (CACM). Member countries (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua) apply a common external tariff (CET) for products manufactured and imported from outside of the CACM. However, each CACM member is allowed to determine any product exceptions. Textile and apparel products are generally exceptions. For more information on this and other agreements, see the Organization of American States - OAS website.

All import duties (Impuesto Arancelario - D.A.I.) are ad valorem and are applied to the cost, insurance and freight (c.i.f.) value of the goods.

El Salvador: Tariffs (ad valorem) on Textiles, Apparel, Footwear and Travel Goods
HS Chapter/Subheading
Tariff Rate Range (%)
- silk
0 - 5
- wool
5105- 5110
0 - 5
- cotton
- other vegetable fiber
- man - made fiber
0 - 5
Woven Fabric
- silk
- wool
- cotton
0 - 10
- other vegetable fiber
5 - 10
- man - made fiber
0 - 10
Knit Fabric
0 - 10
Non Woven Fabric
Industrial Fabric
0 - 10
0 - 15
Home Furnishings
including: bed, bath, kitchen linens, etc.
0 - 15*


Travel Goods



0 - 15


* HS 6305.1000 - Sacks and bags, for packing of jute or other textile bast fibers is subject to a 70-percent tariff

More detailed tariff information may be obtained from the Central America regional tariff schedule on the Secretaría de Integración Económica Centroamericana (SIECA) website. El Salvador's tariff schedule may also be found on the Direccion General de Aduanas website. Also see the Current Situation of Schedules of Members on the World Trade Organization website.

Additional Import Taxes and Fees--Most products are charged a VAT (value added tax) of 13%. For imports, the taxable base is the sum of the applicable customs value, duties and specific consumption taxes, on which VAT is then applied.

Samples/Temporary entry--The temporary entry of merchandise to be exhibited in fairs and trade shows is allowed provided that it will be exported in the same condition in which it arrived. Under the "Ley de Equipajes de Viajeros Procedentes del Exterior" (Law on Incoming Travelers' Luggage), small noncommercial imports not exceeding $500 or personal effects, as well as samples with no commercial value (under certain conditions) can enter El Salvador with an exempt status from import duties.

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 (El Salvador)

CAFTA-DR Certificate of Origin--For U.S. exports to receive the preferential tariff treatment provided by CAFTA-DR, the El Salvadorian importer should present to the El Salvadorian Customs authorities certification in support of the claim of preference. The El Salvadorian importer should work with the U.S. exporter to ensure that a U.S. good meets the relevant rule of origin prior to making a claim.

It is important to note that the ultimate responsibility for claiming preferential treatment lies with the El Salvadorian importer; however, the U.S. supplier should be ready to provide to the importer assistance and cooperation in producing accurate and well documented claims for preferential treatment. The exporter, importer, or producer of the goods may produce the certification where the goods originate. A sample CAFTA-DR certification of origin and an unofficial English translation of the instructions for filling out the CAFTA-DR certificate of origin is available on the Export.Gov website.


On the Customs Authority's Tariff Online Query website, companies can learn the import tariff under a Free Trade Agreement, if import permits are required, if there are import restrictions for a product, and specifically which government agency is responsible to issue the permits.

The Ministry of Treasury's Manual Único de Operaciones Aduaneras (Single Customs Operation Manual) is a guide for importers and exporters.

For more information on local customs rules and regulations:
Dirección General de Aduanas (DGA)

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 (El Salvador)
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 - El Salvador

There are two types of standards in Salvadoran legislation: Mandatory Salvadoran Standards (NSO) and Recommended Salvadoran Standards (NSR). NSOs are primarily for products affecting human conditions and are based on international, regional, or foreign standards. NSOs cover textile and leather technology, and the clothing industry. NSRs are concerned with materials, procedures, products and services not covered by an NSO.

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 - El Salvador

Apparel and Home Textiles
Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama have adopted the Central American Technical Regulation (RTCA) 59.01.08:12 for the Labelling Requirements of Textiles and Textile Products. Under this mandatory standard, apparel and home textiles must have a permanent label, in Spanish, with the following information:

  • Fiber content
  • Size or dimensions
  • Care instructions
  • Country of origin
  • Name of manufacturer, distributor or importer (based in the region)
Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Guatemala have adopted the Central American Technical Regulation (RTCA) 61.01.03:12 Footwear and Parts: Labeling Requirement. The regulation requires that footwear be labeled in Spanish with the following information:
  • material used on the parts of footwear
  • name and address of manufacturer or distributor for domestic products
  • name and address of importer or distributor for imported products
  • country of origin
  • size of the footwear
The label information must be placed on at least one shoe of each pair. Material used of the component parts can be expressed by text, pictograms or both.

See the Secretariat for Economic Integration (SIECA) website for more information on the RTCAs developed by the members of the Central American Integration System (SICA) -- Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama.

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Market Information - El Salvador

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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