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

Honduras

Import Tariffs
Documentation/Procedures
Restrictions
Standards
Labeling
Market Information

Last updated on 08/23/2012

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 - Honduras
The United States, Honduras, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic have signed 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, U.S. qualifying products will enter the region duty free, immediately upon entry into force of the Agreement. With a more liberal rule of origin than the CBTPA, CAFTA-DR will promote growth of the region’s apparel companies and increase market opportunities for U.S. exporters of yarns and fabrics. In addition to the successful apparel assembly trade, the CAFTA-DR will provide new export opportunities for U.S. technical textiles are used in infrastructure projects, agriculture, construction, and uniforms. 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 will be subject to non-preferential treatment as outlined below.

Honduras is a member of the Central American Common Market (CACM). Member countries of CACM (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. Tariff rates are generally determined on the cost, insurance and freight (c.i.f.) value. For more information on this and other agreements, see the Organization of American States (OAS) website.

Honduras: Tariffs (percent ad valorem) on Textiles, Apparel, Footwear and Travel Goods
HS Chapter/Subheading
Tariff Rate Range (%)
Yarn
- silk
5003-5006
0 - 5
- wool
5105- 5110
0 - 5
- cotton
5204-5207
5
- other vegetable fiber
5306-5308
5
- man - made fiber
5401-5406/5501-5511
0 - 5
........................
Woven Fabric
- silk
5007
10
- wool
5111-5113
10
- cotton
5208-5212
0 - 15
- other vegetable fiber
5309-5311
5 - 10
- man - made fiber
5407-5408/5512-5516
0 - 10
........................
Knit Fabric
60
0 - 10
........................
Non Woven Fabric
5603
0
........................
Industrial Fabric
59
0 - 10
........................
Apparel
61-62
0 - 15
........................
Home Furnishings
including: bed, bath, kitchen linens, etc.
63
0 - 15
........................
Carpet

Footwear

Travel Goods
57

64

4202
15

0 - 15

15

More detailed tariff information may be obtained from the Central America regional tariff schedule on the Secretaría de Integración Económica Centroamericana (SIECA) website. Scroll down and click on the “Arancel Informatizado Centroaméricano” link under “Servicios”, then click on “Consulta de la Nomenclatura”. In the “Menu Principal”, select country or “Por Region”; use the “DAI” column. “Por Region will give amounts for all the countries. You can also go to the Current Situation of Schedules of Members on the World Trade Organization website.

To obtain information about tariffs on individual U.S.-origin products exported to FTA member countries, you may use the FTA Tariff Tool.
Additional Import Taxes and Fees--There is a value-added tax (VAT) of 12 percent applied on the c.i.f. value plus duty applied to most products; however certain items of necessity and handicrafts are exempted. There is also a 0.5% service charge applied on all items except for raw material and some capital goods.

Samples/Temporary entry-- Customs legislation allows duty-free entry of items for use at exhibits and trade shows for up to three months. This authorization can be extended for an additional three months, if necessary. Temporary entry is granted upon making a deposit equivalent to the import duty applicable to the specific product. The guarantee is refunded at the time of re-exporting the product.

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 (Honduras)


CAFTA-DR Certificate of Origin--For U.S. exports to receive the preferential tariff treatment provided by CAFTA-DR, the Honduran importer should present to the Honduran Customs authorities (Dirección Adjunta de Rentas de Aduana) certification in support of the claim of preference. The Honduran 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 Honduran 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.

Cert_Origin_Sample.pdf

For more information on local customs rules and regulations:
Executive Director of Revenue (Dirección Ejecutiva de Ingresos -DEI)

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 country-specific information on import procedures and documentation requirements, see the
Country Commercial Guides (CCG) on the export.gov website.

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Import Restrictions (Honduras)
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 - Honduras
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 - Honduras

Labeling requirements for merchandise in general are established under Article 9 of the Consumer Protection Law, Decree 41-89 of 1990. Enforcement of marking and labeling regulations is conducted by the General Directorate of Production and Consumption of the Ministry of Industry & Trade.

In general, labels of all consumer-oriented products are required to include the following basic information: name of the product; name of the manufacturer; country of origin; sales price; elaboration and expiration dates; net content; list of ingredients and any applicable health warnings. Imported sample-sized products must comply with labeling laws.

In March 2013, Honduras notified to the WTO its intent to adopt Central American Technical Regulation (RTCA) No. 61.01.03:12, a technical regulation establishing labeling requirements for footwear. In general, the regulation requires that the label be provided in Spanish/Castilian and be marked, printed, sewn, glued or otherwise attached to the product. The label must include the following information:
a) Country of origin
b) Name and address of the manufacturer or distributor for domestic products, or of the importer or distributor for imported products.
c) Information on the materials of the shoe parts
d) Size information

HND78(spanish).pdf


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Market Information - Honduras


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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