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


Import Tariffs
Intellectual Property Rights
Market Information

Last updated on 12/11/2012

If you have any questions about the following information, please contact an analyst 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 - Jordan
Under the terms of the United States-Jordan Free Trade Area Agreement (FTA) which entered into force on December 17, 2001, the United States and Jordan completed the final phase of tariff reductions on January 1, 2010. This resulted in the complete elimination of duties on nearly all products, including textile, apparel, footwear, and travel goods. For more information, see the U.S.-Jordan FTA web page.

Products from the United States that do not qualify under the FTA rules are subject to Jordan's MFN rates of duty (see the tariff table below). Jordan applies percent ad valorem duties on the c.i.f. (cost, insurance, and freight) value of imports.

Jordan: Tariffs (percent ad valorem) on Textiles, Apparel, Footwear and Travel Goods
HS Chapter/Subheading
Tariff Rate Range (%)
0 - 20
0 - 20
0 - 20
-other vegetable fiber
-man-made fiber
0 - 20
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.
5 - 20


Travel Goods



0 - 5

0 - 5

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

To obtain information about tariffs on individual U.S.-origin products exported to FTA member countries, you may use the FTA Tariff Tool.

Additional Import Taxes and Fees--There is a VAT (value added tax) of 13 percent applied on the c.i.f. value plus duty.

Samples/Temporary Entry--Temporary entry exemptions may be obtained by submitting a written request, accompanied by supporting documentation, to the customs department.

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

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Import Documentation/Procedures (Jordan)

Imports of military clothing require a pre-import clearance from the Jordan Arm Forces. The clearance, once obtained acts as an import license. However, these clearances are not automatic.

All Jordanian and foreign trading companies must either obtain an importer’s card from the Ministry of Industry and Trade for customs clearance purposes, or pay a Customs fee equivalent to five percent of the value of the imported goods.

All shipments to Jordan must be accompanied by either a certified commercial invoice that shows origin or a separate document that is a certificate of origin. Both the commercial invoice and the certificate of origin must be certified by the National U.S-Arab Chamber of Commerce, and then legalized by the Jordanian Embassy or consulate. See the National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce website for locations. A list of the Jordanian consulates can be accessed on the Embassy of the United States - Jordan.

Invoices do not have to be written in Arabic, but the importer is required to provide an Arabic translation. Typically this requirement is met by having the importer hand-write the translation on the actual invoice. Exporters should be aware that commercial invoices for all shipments from the United States must bear a notarized affidavit. Jordanian Customs may request other documents related to the shipment as needed.

For more information on local customs rules and regulations:
Jordan Customs Department

Ministry of Industry, Trade and Supply (MITS)

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 (Jordan)
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 - Jordan
Imported goods subject to mandatory standards require verification through laboratory testing in Jordan. Jordan Standards and Metrology Organization (JSMO). undertakes these responsibilities by cooperating with official parties (the approved labs).Companies interested in obtaining conformity certificates or Jordanian Quality Marks for their products can send their request directly to the Certification Unit at JISM.

Technical standards (Jordan Quality Mark) are published in the Jordan official Gazette and are registered in the Jordan Quality Mark database. A hard copy may also be purchased from JISM.

Optional standards exist for manufacturers and importers of furniture products, clothes, textile and footwear.

Local standards organization and other resources:
Jordan Standards and Metrology Organization (JSMO)

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 - Jordan
Imported products must comply with labeling and marketing requirements issued by the Institute of Standards and Metrology and relevant government ministries. Specific statements are required on labels for certain products including ready-made clothing. All labels must either be in Arabic or have a stick-on label in Arabic. Specific information on labeling and packaging standards is available from the Jordan Standards and Metrology Organization (JSMO).

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Intellectual Property Rights - Jordan
Copyrights must be registered at the National Library, part of the Ministry of Culture. Patents must be registered with the Registrar of Patents and Trademarks at the Ministry of Industry and Trade.

Jordan’s record on IPR enforcement has improved in recent years, but more effective enforcement mechanisms and legal procedures are still needed. As a result, the government’s record on IPR protection remains mixed. By signing the U.S. - Jordan Free Trade Agreement, Jordan committed to stronger enforcement of IPR.

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

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Market Information - Jordan

Export.Gov Middle East webpage

Qualifying Industrial Zone (QIZ):
In 1996, the U.S. Congress established the Qualifying Industrial Zone (QIZ) initiative to support the peace process in the Middle East. The QIZ initiative allows Egypt and Jordan to export products to the United States duty-free, as long as these products contain inputs from Israel. The QIZ legislation authorizes the President to proclaim elimination of duties on articles produced in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and qualifying industrial zones in Jordan and Egypt. In order to obtain duty-free access to the U.S. market under the initiative, the goods must be produced in designated QIZ factories and meet specific rules of origin requirements.

The QIZ initiative pertaining to Jordan can provide a comparative advantage for certain products over those entered into the United States under the FTA. This is especially true for apparel, textile made-up goods, footwear and travel goods that remain subject to duties under the FTA, at least until January 1, 2010. Furthermore, the rule of origin under the QIZ initiative requires a lower level of Jordanian inputs. See the section on QIZs for more information.

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

The two primary governmental entities implementing public sector procurement process in Jordan are the Government Tenders Directorate - GTD and the General Supplies Department - GSD. The GTD is responsible for the procurement of public works and engineering services. Tender awards are announced on the notice board at the GTD and on its website.

The Jordanian Armed Forces have separate procurement offices and have sole jurisdiction over defense sales to Jordan.

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:

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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