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


Import Tariffs
Intellectual Property Rights
Market Information

Last updated on 01/09/2012

If you have any questions about the following information, please contact Maria D'Andrea-Yothers 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 - Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe tariffs are generally ad valorem, however, for clothing, footwear and travel bags, tariffs also consist of a combination of ad valorem and specific per unit rates. Ad valorem tariffs are levied on the c.i.f. (cost, insurance and freight) value of imports.

Zimbabwe: Tariffs (percent ad valorem) for Textiles, Apparel, Footwear and Travel Goods
HS Chapter/Subheading
Tariff Rate Range (%)
5 - 15
5 - 40
-other vegetable fiber
5 - 10
-man-made fiber
5 - 15
Woven Fabric
5 - 15
-other vegetable fiber
5 - 15
-man-made fiber
5 - 10*
Knit Fabric
5 - 15*
Non Woven Fabric
Industrial Fabric
5 - 40
Home Furnishings
including: bed, bath, kitchen linens, etc.......
5 - 40*


Travel Goods




* Per unit specific tariffs applied.

For more detailed tariff information, see the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority - ZIRMA website or the Current Situation of Schedules of Members on the World Trade Organization website.

Additional Import Taxes and Charges--There is a 15-percent VAT (value added tax) for most products applied on the c.i.f. (cost, insurance and freight) value plus duty. Some goods, such as certain clothing, are zero-rated and are eligible for VAT refund on inputs. There also is an additional 10 percent surcharge on many products. A COMESA surtax of 1 or 2 percent is levied on certain imports and a trade development surcharge of 0.1 percent is levied on the f.o.b. value.

Temporary entry / Samples--Temporary importations for display at trade shows can be cleared by payment of a deposit, which is refundable on export, or by an application for temporary importation privileges, which are guaranteed by a bank or an insurance company. The Department of Customs and Excise issues an import permit that the importer subsequently discharges on the re-exportation of the goods.

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Import Documentation/Procedures (Zimbabwe)

For more information on local customs rules and regulations:
Zimbabwe Revenue Authority - ZIMRA
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 (Zimbabwe)
Zimbabwe maintains a negative list of prohibited items that require special permission from the government to import. The list includes textiles and clothing for resale.

For current information on any U.S. trade sanctions, see the U.S. Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control - Sanctions Programs webpage.

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 - Zimbabwe
The Standards Association of Zimbabwe - SAZ, a nongovernmental and nonprofit organization coordinates standardization activities in Zimbabwe and publishes national standards.

Local standards organization and other resources:
Standards Association of Zimbabwe - SAZ

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)

ASTM International

International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

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Labeling - Zimbabwe
The Standards Association of Zimbabwe - SAZ stipulates labeling and marking requirements of products in Zimbabwe.

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Intellectual Property Rights - Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe is one of seventeen members of the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization - ARIPO, which provides a shared pool of expertise in intellectual property matters and works toward harmonization of the relevant national frameworks. ARIPO has a system for centralized filing and substantive examination of patent, industrial design, and trade mark applications. However, the granting of protection is governed by each member state's national legislation. Zimbabwe recognizes patent, industrial design, and trade mark applications filed through ARIPO.

For information on protecting your trademarks, patents and copyrights:

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Market Information - Zimbabwe

The Africa Portal is a one-stop shop for trade assistance in Africa. The U.S. Commercial Service in partnership with the U.S. Department of State helps your business grow by offering commercial and trade facilitation services in most African markets.

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

The State Procurement Board - SPB may conduct procurement (of a prescribed class) on behalf of all procuring entities and supervise procurement proceedings conducted by procuring entities. National newspapers with wide circulation are the main means of advertising tender opportunities. All formal tenders must be advertised in the Government Gazette, and international tenders are to be published in relevant trade journals and international newspapers of wide circulation.

For tender notices, see Tenderscan on-line information. Tenderscan, is a for fee service, that provides information on tender notices for South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

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.

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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