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

Paraguay

Import Tariffs
Documentation/Procedures
Restrictions
Standards
Labeling
Market Information

Last updated on 04/25/2011

If you have any questions about the following information, please contact Robert Carrigg 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 - Paraguay
Paraguay and its Southern Cone Common Market (MERCOSUR) partners, Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay apply a common external tariff (CET) on textile products imported from non-MERCOSUR countries. However, there are a number of exceptions in several categories including textile and apparel products. Tariffs, listed in the table below, are assessed on an ad valorem basis, i.e., duties are assessed as a percentage of the c.i.f. (cost, insurance and freight) value of the imported merchandise.

Paraguay (MERCOSUR): Tariffs (percent ad valorem) on Textiles, Apparel, Footwear and Travel Goods
HS Chapter/Subheading
Tariff Rate Range (%)
Yarn
-silk
5003-5006
4 - 16
-wool
5105-5110
10 - 16
-cotton
5204-5207
14 - 16
-other vegetable fiber
5306-5308
14
-man-made fiber
5401-5406/5501-5511
0 - 18
........................
Woven Fabric
-silk
5007
18
-wool
5111-5113
2 - 18
-cotton
5208-5212
0 - 26
-other vegetable fiber
5309-5311
11 - 18
-man-made fiber
5407-5408/5512-5516
0 - 18
........................
Knit Fabric
60
0 - 18
........................
Non Woven Fabric
5603
0 - 18
........................
Industrial Fabric
59
0 - 16
........................
Apparel
61-62
20 - 25
........................
Home Furnishings
including: bed, bath, kitchen linens, etc.
63
2 - 20
Carpet

Footwear

Travel Goods
57

64

4202
2 - 20

17 - 25

4-20


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

The MERCOSUR website provides the CET (i.e., AEC - Arancel Externo Comun) for the MERCOSUR member countries, which may be different from the effective rates depending on the agreed upon exceptions. Also, go directly to the Arancel Externo Comun page. Note--Paraguay appears to have exceptions to the CET for most textiles, apparel, footwear and travel goods.

Additional Import Taxes and Charges--A VAT (value-added tax), also known as impuesto al valor agregado (IVA) of 10 percent is applied on c.i.f. value plus duty of imports.

Samples/Temporary entry--Paraguay allows temporary entry of equipment and samples for exhibitions. The temporary admission system, to be phased out under MERCOSUR in 2010, allows entry of certain goods for subsequent re-export for a period of up to 12 months, which can be renewed once.

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 (Paraguay)


Import Licences--The government of Paraguay requires non-automatic licenses for apparel, footwear and other textile products. on a number of products, including textiles and clothing. See the following regulations:
  • Made-up articles (NCM chapters 61, 62 and 63) MIC Statistical monitoring Decree No. 1.421/09 of 5 February 2009; and MIC Resolution No. 129/15 of 16 February 2015
  • Footwear (25 headings of NCM chapter 64)a MIC Statistical monitoring Decree No. 10.350/12 of 21 December 2012; and MIC Resolution No. 150/2015 of 24 February 2015

For registration requirements applied to the importation of footwear, see: Footwear MIC Annual Decree No. 10.350/12 of 21 December 2012 and Resolution No. 150/2015 of 24 February 2015

For more information on local customs rules and regulations:
Direccion Nacional de Aduanas - National Customs Directorate

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 (Paraguay)
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 - Paraguay

The MERCOSUR Standards Association, AMN (Asociacion MERCOSUR de Normalizacion - AMN), previously known as the Comité MERCOSUR de Normalización) – made up of the standards institutes of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay -- develops and harmonizes standards. The five countries generally adopt all of these regulations, though not always at the same time. Venezuela will participate in this activity, as well, as a full member of MERCOSUR.

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 - Paraguay

The Southern Cone Common Market (MERCOSUR) countries, which include Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, have adopted new labeling requirements for textile and apparel products produced in or imported for consumption into a MERCOSUR member country. The Mercosur Technical Regulations on Product Labeling Textiles (Reglamento Técnico Mercosur Sobre Etiquetado de Productos Textiles) requires the following information on a permanent label that is either attached, stamped, printed or otherwise affixed to most textile and apparel products:

  • name or registered brand and tax identification of the domestic producer or importer
  • country of origin
  • fiber content
  • care instructions (text and/or symbols, conforming to ISO 3758: 2013)
  • size or dimensions, as applicable.
This information must be in the language of the country of consumption, but may also be in other languages. For more details see the see the text of the Reglamento Técnico Mercosur Sobre Etiquetado de Productos Textiles.

According to Decree 18.568/97, footwear and leather goods must be labeled in Spanish with the following information (however, this regulation may have been superseded by a new footwear and leather products labeling regulation in 2014):
  • Country of origin
  • Name and address of the manufacturer
  • Name and fiscal number of the importer
  • Product composition

Standards on labeling and marking fall under the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Direccion General de Defensa del Consumidor. Legislation may be found in the following reference site for Paraguayan laws, leyes.com.py.

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Market Information - Paraguay


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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