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

Trinidad and Tobago

Import Tariffs
Market Information

Last updated on 02/06/2012

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 - Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago is a member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), along with Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica,Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Suriname. 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. Consequently, a wide range of applied tariff rates continue to exist across member countries.

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

Trinidad and Tobago 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
0 - 20
0 - 20
Home Furnishings
including: bed, bath, kitchen linens, etc.......
0 - 20


Travel Goods



0 - 20


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

Additional import taxes and charges--A 15 percent value added tax (VAT) is imposed on the CIF value of dutiable goods plus import duties and other taxes.

Temporary imports - Temporary entry of goods to be re-exported is allowed with advance arrangement. A deposit or bond covering the duty liability of such items must be posted with Customs prior to the item's entry. Items to be re-exported must be clearly identified by a mark such as a serial or part number. Upon re-exportation, the equivalent of 10 percent of the duty liability becomes due for every three months the item remained in Trinidad and Tobago.

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 (Trinidad and Tobago)

No specific information is available.

For more information on local customs rules and regulations:
Customs and Excise Division

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 (Trinidad and Tobago)
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 - Trinidad and Tobago
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 - Trinidad and Tobago

Labels must be in English and must indicate the country of origin and satisfy the relevant compulsory standards. Labels on garments must indicate size, fiber content and either the name or address of the manufacturer or the registered brand name.

Where fabric is sold by length from a bolt or roll the label shall:
a) be displayed to the purchaser on the end of any spool or bolt case on which the textile is displayed for sale;
b) be woven or printed into the selvedge at intervals not exceeding 90 cm (35 inches) apart; or
c) in the case of narrow fabrics, be displayed as a sign on, or in the immediate vicinity of the fabric.

Where the textile is pre-cut to length or prepackaged, the label shall be applied to each piece or attached to each package.

Flame resistant textiles shall be clearly and prominently labeled with precautionary care and treatment instructions to protect them from any harmful agent or treatment that may cause deterioration of the flame resistance.

PCTTS 76: PART 7 makes reference to the following standards:

  • TTS 21 40 300: Part 1- Methods for the quantitative analysis of fiber mixtures - Part 1- Binary mixtures containing polyester
  • TTS 76: Part 1- Requirements for labeling - Part 1 - General principles
For more information, contact the Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards.

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Market Information - Trinidad and Tobago

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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