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


Import Tariffs
Market Information

Last updated on 03/29/2012

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 - Uruguay
Uruguay and its Southern Cone Common Market (MERCOSUR) partners, Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina apply a common external tariff (CET) on most 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.

Uruguay (MERCOSUR): Tariffs (percent ad valorem) on Textiles, Apparel, Footwear and Travel Goods
HS Chapter/Subheading
Tariff Rate Range (%)
4 - 18
10 - 18
14 - 18
-other vegetable fiber
-man-made fiber
0 - 18
Woven Fabric
2 - 18
-other vegetable fiber
14 - 18
-man-made fiber
0 - 18
Knit Fabric
Non Woven Fabric
2 - 18
Industrial Fabric
0 - 16
Home Furnishings
including: bed, bath, kitchen linens, etc.
0 - 20


Travel Goods



18 - 35


For more information, see the Direccion Nacional de Aduanas website. See also, 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. On the MERCOSUR website, in the right hand column under “MERCOSUR”, click on “Régimen de Origen y Arancel Externo Común”. Also, go directly to the Arancel Externo Comun page. Note--Uruguay appears to have exceptions to the CET for most textiles, apparel, footwear and travel goods.

Taxes and other import fees--A VAT (value added tax) of 22 percent is applied on the customs value plus import surcharges. Imports of clothing and footwear (HS Chapters 61, 62 and 64) are subject to advance payment, determined on the basis of the notional values fixed by the Ministro de Economía y Finanzas - MEF.

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 (Uruguay)

Import licensing--Certain textile products originating from non members of MERCOSUR are subject to import licensing by the National Directorate of Industry - DNI for statistical purposes (in effect since February 2001). Import declarations for textile products covered by this regulation go through the red channel and are subject to examination of the documentation, inspection of the goods and the customs value. Footwear samples may also be taken by the DNI.

For more information on local customs rules and regulations:
National Customs Director (Direccion Nacional de Aduanas) (DNA)

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 (Uruguay)
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 - Uruguay

The MERCOSUR Standards Association (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. Several hundred standards are at different stages of preparation or in the work plan. 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 - Uruguay

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 and the Laboratorio Tecnologico del Uruguay - LATU.

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Market Information - Uruguay

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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