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

Venezuela

Import Tariffs
Documentation/Procedures
Restrictions
Standards
Labeling
Market Information

Last updated on 08/12/2011

If you have any questions about the following information, please contact Laurie Mease 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 - Venezuela
In July 2006, Venezuela applied to become a full member of the Southern Cone Common Market (Mercosur). Under the terms of accession, Venezuela has four years to adopt the Mercosur Common External Tariff (CET) by January 2012 on all goods, with sensitive products allowed an extension to January 2014. Venezuela officially withdrew from the Andean Community (CAN) in April 2006.

Venezuelan Customs calculates duties on the landed c.i.f. (cost, insurance and freight) value of the product

Venezuela Tariffs (percent ad valorem) for Textiles, Apparel, Footwear and Travel Goods

HS Chapter/Subheading
Tariff Rate Range (%)
Yarn
-silk
5003-5006
10
-wool
5105-5110
5 - 15
-cotton
5204-5207
15
-other vegetable fiber
5306-5308
15
-man-made fiber
5401-5406/5501-5511
5 - 18
........................
Woven Fabric
-silk
5007
20
-wool
5111-5113
20
-cotton
5208-5212
5 - 20
-other vegetable fiber
5309-5311
20
-man-made fiber
5407-5408/5512-5516
5 - 20
Knit Fabric
60
20 - 26
.........................
Non Woven Fabric
5603
2 - 26
Industrial Fabric
59
5 - 20
........................
Apparel
61-62
20 - 35
Home Furnishings
including: bed, bath, kitchen linens, etc.......
63
20 - 35
........................
Carpet

Footwear

Travel Goods
57

64

4202

20

18 - 35

20
For more detailed tariff information, see the Current Situation of Schedules of Members on the World Trade Organization website (see Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela).

Customs Valuation--Typically customs authorities accept the value of the shipment as indicated on the documents, but regulations may allow them to reference a base price on some products such as textiles in order to determine minimum price for purposes of customs value. Under invoicing in any event can result in heavy fines to the importer as well as forfeiture of the goods in question.

Additional Import Taxes and Fees--Venezuela applies a VAT (value added tax) of 9 percent to the c.i.f. (cost, insurance and freight) value plus tariff. All imports are assessed a one percent customs handling charge. On December 5, 2006, Venezuela imposed a new 15 percent luxury tax as part of a broader currency control measure for goods considered “nonpriority” items, including rugs and carpeting.

Temporary Entry/Samples--Venezuelan customs laws and regulations allow the import of merchandise on a temporary basis for exhibitions, cultural purposes, demonstrations, scientific purposes or specific contracts. The importer must request permission for temporary entry, providing an exact description of the merchandise, its number or volume, its value and its expected date of re-export. Temporary entry forms may be requested from the Gerente de Aduanas del SENIAT. A bond covering the full value of the duty payable in case the products stay in the country must be obtained, but will be returned once the products have left the country.

The determination of what is a sample is left to the Customs agent at the port or airport of entry. Samples arriving unaccompanied as freight are never considered as such, unless declared as having no commercial value and prepared in such a form that they cannot be sold commercially.

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 (Venezuela)


Venezuela became the fifth full member of MERCOSUR at the July 2012 summit in Rio de Janeiro, but Venezuela has not yet fulfilled most of its obligations within MERCOSUR.

Importer Registration--Importers of footwear and textile products must be registered with SENCAMER (Servicio Autónomo de Normalización, Calidad, Metrología y Reglamentos Técnicos). Failure to comply could impede importation of the merchandise to Venezuelan territory.

Port Restrictions--Imports of footwear and clothing can only enter through the customs offices at -
1. Maiquetia (airport near Caracas)
2. Port of La Guaira
3. Port of Puerto Cabello
4. San Antonio del Tachira (near the Colombian border)

Special permit requirements--Special permits must be obtained in order to import certain goods that the government has claimed exclusive import rights. These products include certain apparel and certain consumer durables.

Some types of exports to Venezuela - such as medical devices - require approval in advance by the Venezuelan Ministry of Health - MINSALUD. The approval process, though it can be somewhat lengthy (approximately three to six months), is relatively transparent and routine. The Venezuelan importer or distributor manages the approval and/or registration process, so it is highly advised that U.S. companies verify their importer’s or local agent’s experience with and knowledge of the process. Only the importer or local representative can request product approval and/or registration from MINSALUD, meaning that the U.S. company cannot do it from abroad.

For more information on local customs rules and regulations:
Servicio Nacional Integrado de Administracion de Aduanero y Tributaria - SENIAT

Direccion de Aduanas, Ministerio de Hacienda
Direccion General de Comercializacion
Urbanecicacion Chuai
Institute of Foreign Trade (ICE)
Caracas
Tel: (58) 2-82-93-03

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 (Venezuela)
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 - Venezuela
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 - Venezuela

Apparel, textile and footwear importers must be registered with SENCAMER. Failure to comply could impede importation of the merchandise.

Apparel sold to consumers in Venezuela must have a label affixed providing, in Spanish/Castilian with font not smaller than 2 millimeters in height, the following information:

  • Legal name of importer
  • Taxpayer number of the Venezuelan importer
  • Brand name
  • Size
  • Care instructions (in international symbols)
  • Country of Origin
  • Fiber composition with percentages by generic fiber name
Pantyhose, stockings and socks are exempt from the labeling requirements.

The labels must be affixed by sewing or using stickers affixed by heat before the item enters the country. Reportedly, however, sewn-in labels have been replaced in some cases by stickers, apparently without protests by customs.

Certain textiles must have stamped or sewn in one or both sides of the cloth the name of the country of origin in Spanish or English as follows: "Hecho en______" or "Made in ______." This clearly legible mark of origin is to be placed along the length of each piece of the goods, at intervals not to exceed three meters.

It is strongly suggested that exporters of apparel verify the implementation of the labeling requirement prior any shipment and check with local brokerage agents in Venezuela.

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Market Information - Venezuela


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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