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

Iraq

Import Tariffs
Documentation/Procedures
Restrictions
Standards
Labeling
Intellectual Property Rights
Market Information

Last updated on 04/22/2011

If you have any questions about the following information, please contact an analyst 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 - Iraq
Iraq: Tariffs (percent ad valorem) for Textiles, Apparel, Footwear and Travel Goods
HS Chapter/Subheading
Tariff Rate Range (%)
Yarn
-silk
5003-5006
0 - 10
-wool
5105-5110
5
-cotton
5204-5207
5
-other vegetable fiber
5306-5308
5
-man-made fiber
5401-5406/5501-5511
0 - 15
........................
Woven Fabric
-silk
5007
15
-wool
5111-5113
25
-cotton
5208-5212
5 - 15
-other vegetable fiber
5309-5311
15
-man-made fiber
5407-5408/5512-5516
15
........................
Knit Fabric
60
15
........................
Non Woven Fabric
5603
15 - 50
........................
Industrial Fabric
59
5 - 20
........................
Apparel
61-62
10 - 20
........................
Home Furnishings
including: bed, bath, kitchen linens, etc.
63
5 - 25
........................
Carpet

Footwear

Travel Goods
57

64

4202
40

10 - 15

10 - 30


For more detailed tariff information, see Republic of Iraq Ministry of Finance Public Commission of Customs tariff schedule on the Iraq Business News dated 2/14/2011.

For ports of entry under its control, the Kurdistan Regional Government collects tariff revenue at a uniform rate of 5% on non-food, medical and clothing items coming into the Iraqi Kurdistan Region.

Additional import taxes and charges--A reconstruction levy of 5 percent of the total taxable customs value of all goods imported into Iraq from all countries is applied. Exceptions are food, medicine, clothing, books, and humanitarian goods.

Temporary Entry - Items for show at trade fairs may be brought in temporarily. Please work with a freight importer to ensure all documentation is properly completed.


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Import Documentation/Procedures (Iraq)

The required customs documents under the Iraqi Law of Customs No. 23 (1984) are available at the Iraqi Trade Information Center.

Many Iraqi ministries require importers to provide authenticated/certified documents from their home governments. If such documents are requested, companies should get as much detail as possible about the certification requirements and be sure to follow those instructions closely.

Pre-importation inspections of imported goods are required. In accordance with the Law No 54 of 1979 (Article 3/ Clause 8) authorizing the Central Organization for Standardization and Quality Control (COSQC) o conduct testing, analysis, inspection and quality control either directly or through accredited laboratories, COSQC has subcontracted this work in the United States to a private entity, www.us.bureauveritas.com.

For more information on local customs rules and regulations:
Republic of Iraq Ministry of Finance Public Commission of Customs

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 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 Export.gov.

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Import Restrictions (Iraq)
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 - Iraq
The Central Organization of Standardization and Quality Control (COSQC) , housed within the Ministry of Planning, is responsible for monitoring product standards in Iraq. COSQC inspects local goods according to health and safety parameters.

Please contact Bureau of Veritas for more details regarding verification procedures and documentary requirements at iraq.conformity@bureauveritas.com or consult the process at http://www.bureauveritas.com/iraq-conformity


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.

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)

ASTM International

International Organization for Standardization (ISO)


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Labeling - Iraq
No information is currently available.

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Intellectual Property Rights - Iraq
The Central Organization on Standards and Quality Control (COSQC) an agency within the Ministry of Planning. handles patent registry and the industrial design registry; the Ministry of Culture handles copyrights; and the Ministry of Industry and Minerals houses the office that registers trademarks.
For information on protecting your trademarks, patents and copyrights:
StopFakes.gov


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Market Information - Iraq

Export.Gov Middle East webpage

To access the latest information about commercial developments in Iraq, see the Iraq Investment and Reconstruction Task Force webpage on the U.S. Department of Commerce website. This website contains information about USAID and U.S. Army Corps of Engineer contracts, a business guide for Iraq, and is constantly updated with information about Iraq-specific regulations and requirements.

Government Procurement-- See Global Procurement Opportunities for U.S. exporters.

The provincial governments in Basrah and other provinces, as well as some GOI ministries, are advertising tenders on the international website DGMarkets. Tender information in Arabic is available on the provincial government’s website in Basrah.

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.

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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