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


Import Tariffs
Intellectual Property Rights
Market Information

Last updated on 03/21/2016

If you have any questions about the following information, please contact Linda Martinich 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 - Ukraine
Ukraine Tariffs (percent ad valorem) on Textiles, Apparel, Footwear and Travel Goods
HS Chapter/Subheading
Tariff Rate Range (%)
1 - 2
0 - 2
0 - 4
-other vegetable fiber
0 - 2
-man-made fiber
0 - 4
Woven Fabric
1 - 2
0 - 5
0 - 5
-other vegetable fiber
1 - 5
-man-made fiber
0 - 5
Knit Fabric
0 - 8
Non Woven Fabric
Industrial Fabric
0 - 8
0 - 12
Home Furnishings
including: bed, bath, kitchen linens, etc.
0 - 12
3 - 8
Travel Goods

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 at 20%, based on the customs value of the product, in addition to the customs duty rate. As the list of goods exempted from VAT changes frequently, businesses should contact a local tax expert for the most up-to-date list. Imported goods are also subject to excise duties, customs processing fees, and port fees.

Temporary Entry/Samples--Imported items designated for demonstrations at exhibitions, fairs, and trade shows, are classified as the temporary import of a foreign company's property, which is to be returned to that country afterwards. Prior to being returned, samples are inspected by customs authorities to ensure that the quantity and description of goods match those registered at the time of importation. Demonstration samples to be returned outside Ukraine are exempt from customs fees.

Prior to their customs declaration expiration, temporarily imported goods should be:
•Shipped outside the customs territory of Ukraine;
•Declared at customs for further use;
•Passed to customs for storage in a bonded warehouse; or
•Demolished under customs control if these items cannot be used as goods, products, or equipment.

The following documents are required for temporary importation of demonstration samples: •A customs declaration;
•Permission from the respective Ministry, if required; and
•Other documents outlined in the customs declaration.

Prior to exiting the country, samples are inspected by customs authorities to ensure that the quantity and description of goods match those registered at the time of importation. Demonstration samples to be returned outside Ukraine are exempt from customs fees.

Ukraine Customs accepts ATA Carnets. However, only designated customs offices on the Russian-Ukrainian border are entitled to process ATA Carnets.

ATA Carnet--An ATA Carnet or "Merchandise Passport" is a document that facilitates the temporary importation of products into foreign countries by eliminating tariffs and other import taxes or charges normally required at the time of importation. For more information or to apply for an ATA Carnet, see the United States Council for International Business website.

For information on how to determine tariff rates, see the webpage on Tariffs and Import Fees.

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Import Documentation/Procedures (Ukraine)

Firms importing goods into Ukraine should expect a slow working bureaucracy and a large volume of paperwork. Use of licensed customs brokers is recommended.

Import licenses are required for some goods. The list of goods is updated annually by the Cabinet of Ministers, and changes from year-to-year. Most import licenses are granted through the Ministry of Economy

For more information on local customs rules and regulations:
State Customs Service of Ukraine
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 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

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Import Restrictions (Ukraine)
No information is currently available on any bans, quotas, or other restrictions.

Used Clothing--In 2008, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine approved a resolution prohibiting import of used clothing and other second-hand goods to Ukraine.
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 - Ukraine
Technical regulations in Ukraine are coordinated by the Department for Technical Regulations of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine and developed by the Ukrainian Scientific, Research and Training Center for Certification, Standards, and Quality (USRTCCSQ) which serves as a national standardization body . Enforcement of the quality of products and their compliance to the national standards is done by the State Inspection on Consumer Protection.

Standards are compulsory for virtually all goods, and many services. In addition, mandatory certification applies to produced goods rather than to the production process, thus forcing manufacturers to complete certification procedures repeatedly or to submit proof of conformity assessment for each batch of products. For market feasibility or research purposes, interested U.S. manufacturers can order for a fee a full package of Ukrainian technical regulations relating to their products by emailing:

Local standards organization and other resources:
Research and Training Center for Certification, Standards, and Quality (USRTCCSQ)


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)

International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA) 2014 global guidebook on Understanding Chemical and Physical Requirements for Footwear

ASTM International

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Labeling - Ukraine
Ukrainian commercial legislation does not impose general labeling requirements on imported goods, except for food items. Detailed information on labeling requirements for particular products can be obtained from the relevant Ukrainian ministries and agencies.

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Intellectual Property Rights - Ukraine
Trademarked and copyrighted goods must be registered for a fee in the Customs Service's rights holder database in order to be guaranteed protection. Counterfeit goods, including products that contain protected trademarks are readily available in Ukraine. Counterfeit apparel products are particularly common. Most counterfeit goods are not produced in Ukraine, but are imported.

For information on protecting your trademarks, patents and copyrights: --Protecting Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Abroad

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Market Information - Ukraine

The emerging markets of Eurasia present unique opportunities for U.S. companies and Eurasian economies alike. The Special American Business Internship Training (SABIT) program builds partnerships and provides technical assistance by training Eurasian business leaders in U.S. business practices. These training programs directly support Eurasian economic and civil society development by encouraging market-based reforms, while generating valuable export and investment opportunities for U.S. industry.

While Eurasian markets are full of opportunity, there are an equal number of risks that must be considered. A sound understanding of the local market environment is instrumental in managing these risks. SABIT enables U.S. companies to develop this local knowledge by establishing partnerships and training local Eurasian management.

The government must publish the announcement of the tender and the results of the tender. Open international tenders are to be used when procurements are financed by foreign entities.

Courts may also hear government procurement-related cases. Cases must be filed on tight timelines, within 10 days of alleged violations. U.S. companies may also file a complaint with Ukraine’s Business Ombudsman Council.

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

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 or contact an international office.

Other sources for market information and data:

The U.S. Commercial Service Market Research Library contains more than 100,000 industry and country-specific market reports, authored by specialists working in overseas posts. Some market research reports are available only to U.S. companies and U.S. students/researchers that are registered with Available reports are listed below.

Ukraine: Textile and Apparel Market Overview, May 2011
OTEXA Export Market Report (U.S. export data for textiles, apparel, footwear and travel goods) Trade Data & Analysis webpage

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service

U.S. Department of State - U.S. Embassies, Consulates, and Diplomatic Missions and
U.S. Department of State Country Background Notes

U.S. Office of the Trade Representative

Local Industry and Trade Associations

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