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


Import Tariffs
Market Information

Last updated on 05/23/2011

If you have any questions about the following information, please contact Maria Dybczak 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 - Guyana
Guyana is a member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), along with Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica,Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago. Only slightly more than half of the members appear to have implemented the CARICOM common external tariff (CET) whereby goods entering any member country from nonmember countries will be assessed with the same tariff rate. Guyana applies the CARICOM CET, with certain exceptions.

Customs value is based on the c.i.f. (cost, insurance, and freight) value of the goods at the time of import and includes all other foreign costs.

Guyana Tariffs (percent ad valorem) for Textiles, Apparel, Footwear and Travel Goods
HS Chapter/Subheading
Tariff Rate Range (%)
-other vegetable fiber
-man-made fiber
Woven Fabric
-other vegetable fiber
-man-made fiber
Knit Fabric
Non Woven Fabric
Industrial Fabric
5 - 20
5 - 20
Home Furnishings
including: bed, bath, kitchen linens, etc.......
0 - 20


Travel Goods




5 - 20

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

Additional Import Taxes and Fees--A value added tax (VAT) is levied on goods and services at a general rate of 16%, which applies equally to imports and domestically produced goods and services. VAT on merchandise imports is applied on the c.i.f. customs value, plus the sum of import duties and any other taxes and charges. Imports of raw materials are zero-rated under the VAT if they are used in the production of goods that are subsequently exported by an entity that exports at least 50% of all its products. A relatively large number of goods are zero rated under the VAT, including some locally produced products, but not their imported equivalents, namely: bed sheets, pillow cases, towels, rags, curtains, handkerchiefs, rugs, mats, table covers, shelf covers, blankets, and ribbons, as well as locally produced garments.

Guyana grants duty exemptions on selected manufactured imports originating from non-CARICOM trading partners. Partial exemptions are set out in Part III(A) of the First Schedule to the Customs Act, which applies lower rates on protective clothing.

Samples/Temporary Entry--Temporary entry of goods into Guyana is permitted, but requires advance notification to the Customs and Trade Administration - CTA and standard goods registration at the port of entry. The importer is required to provide a bond deposit to the CTA. If the goods are not re-exported the importer with be required to pay the necessary duties and other charges.

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 (Guyana)

No specific information is available.

For more information on local customs rules and regulations:
Guyana Revenue Authority

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 (Guyana)
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 - Guyana
No specific information is available.

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 - Guyana

Labeling of apparel shall be done in accordance with GYS 9-1:1994, Specification for Labeling of Commodities - Part 1: General Principles and shall include the following:

(a) fiber content;
(b) the name and address of the manufacturer or trade mark or brand name registered with the competent authority;
(c) the country of origin;
(d) the appropriate garment size;
(e) quality designation, “irregular” where applicable; and
(f) care information for proper maintenance of the garment

Labeling of textile products (including yarns, fabrics and made-up home textile products) shall be done in accordance with GYS 9-16:2003, Specification for labelling of commodities - Part 16: Labelling of textiles and shall include the following:

(a) fiber content;
(b) name and address of the manufacturer;
(c) including country of origin;
(d) width of textile in centimeters;
(e) any finishing treatments; and
(f) quality designation, "irregular" where applicable.

A copy of the mandatory labeling requirements for textiles (GYS 9-16:2003 - GUYANA STANDARD Specification for labelling of commodities -Part 16: Labelling of textiles) follows.

Guyana Standard.doc

Labeling and packaging requirements are monitored based on mandatory standards for goods by the Guyana National Bureau of Standards - GNBS. U.S. exporters and potential exporters are encouraged to contact the GNBS about the labeling and marking requirements for specific classes of goods before exporting to Guyana. An applicant shall submit labels, drafts of labels or draft advertising texts to the GNBS for advice as to whether the labels, drafts of labels or draft advertising texts comply with the provisions of this standard.

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Market Information - Guyana

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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