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


Import Tariffs
Intellectual Property Rights
Market Information

Last updated on 07/25/2012

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 - Oman
The United States and Oman have signed a Free Trade Agreement (FTA), which entered into force on January 1, 2009. Under the FTA, duties on the majority of qualifying U.S. textile and apparel products entering into Oman were eliminated immediately or will be eliminated in equal annual stages within 10 years after the agreement entered into force. For more information on the provisions for textile and apparel products in the Agreement, see the U.S.-Oman Free Trade Agreement in the FTA section.

Oman is a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council - GCC, which consists of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE, and confers special trade and investment privileges within those countries. As a member of the GCC, Oman implemented the Unified Customs Law (ULC) in 2003 to facilitate regional trade. In accordance with the ULC, Oman imposes a five-percent ad valorem tariff on the cost, insurance, and freight (c.i.f.) invoice value of most imported products, including textile, apparel, footwear, leather and travel goods products.

For more detailed tariff information, see the Royal Oman Police Directorate General of Custom website or the Unified Customs Tariffe for GCC States 2012 in the right hand column on the United Arab Emirates Customs Authority webstie. See also 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 Charges--There are no additional taxes for products shipped to Oman.

Samples/Temporary Entry—The United States-Oman FTA provides for temporary admission of goods under Chapter 3, “Market Access.” Duty-free treatment shall be granted for temporary admission of the following list of goods:

•professional equipment, necessary for carrying out the business activity, trade, or profession of a person who qualifies for temporary entry pursuant to the laws of the importing Party;
•goods intended for display or demonstration;
•commercial samples

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Import Documentation/Procedures (Oman)

For more information on local customs rules and regulations:
Omani Directorate General of Customs, Royal Oman Police

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 (Oman)
Oman maintains a restriction on the import of military uniforms and suits (HS# 61010000) for security reasons. Importation of these products must be accompanied by certificate from the Royal Oman Police.

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 - Oman
Oman is harmonizing its technical regulations and standards at the GCC level. In general, GCC and Omani standards are based on international standards. All standards and most technical regulations are processed by the Directorate General for Specifications and Measurements - DGSM. Any proposed technical regulation or standard is examined by one of the seven technical committees under the DGSM, of which one is the Technical committee for Chemical Products and Textiles. A Ministerial Decision is required for a standard to become compulsory (technical regulation). Technical regulations are published in the Official Gazette.

All mandatory standards in Oman apply equally to locally produced and imported products. The DGSM provides a CD-ROM containing a listing of all standards and specifications adopted by the Arab Gulf Cooperation Countries, along with related information, upon request.

Local standards organization and other resources:
Directorate General for Specifications & Measurements - DGSM
Ministry of Commerce and Industry

GCC Standardization Organization

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 - Oman
Labels must be in Arabic only or Arabic/English, although some English-only labels may be approved for exceptional marketing purposes. Arabic stickers are accepted and are commonly used by U.S. exporters to Oman.

Omani Customs agents sometimes require that for U.S. made goods, each good and packaging must be individually engraved “Made in USA” to qualify for duty-free treatment under the FTA, a practice in contravention of the FTA.

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Intellectual Property Rights - Oman
As part of the GCC Customs Union, the six Member States are working toward unifying their intellectual property regimes. In this respect, the GCC has recently approved a common trademark law. All six Member States are expected to adopt this law as national legislation in order to implement it. The Ministry of Commerce and Industry - MOCI, through its Patent Office, Copyright Office, and Department of Intellectual Property, is responsible for policy formulation and implementation in respect of patents, copyrights and related rights, and trademarks, respectively.

Trademarks must be registered and noted in the Official Gazette through the MOCI. In order to receive protection, a foreign-copyrighted work must be registered with the Omani government by depositing a copy of the work with the government and paying a fee. The government has enforced copyright protection for DVDs, CDs, software, clothing, and household goods, and destroyed stocks of pirated items seized from vendors.

In the United States-Oman FTA, Oman committed to provide strong IPR protection and enforcement. Through the FTA, Oman will provide increased IPR protection for copyrights, trademarks, geographical indications and patents. Oman will also improve enforcement and protection of undisclosed test data from unfair commercial use.

For information on protecting your trademarks, patents and copyrights:

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Market Information - Oman

Export.Gov Middle East webpage

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

Government procurement is supervised by a high-level Tender Board (TB), an independent authority not attached to any ministry or department. Oman advertises tenders in the local press, international periodicals, and on the TB's website. Tender announcements are published in the widely-circulated Middle East Economic Digest and in the Official Gazette, in English and Arabic. Successful international bidders are generally required to enroll with the Commercial Registration Department of the MOCI. The Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry website lists tender opportunities and offers a tender updates service.

Under the U.S.-Oman FTA, Oman is required to conduct procurement covered by the Agreement in a fair, transparent, and non-discriminatory manner. The FTA, however, does not govern military procurement and other procurements deemed to be a matter of Oman’s national security. Although the FTA removed the requirement that a U.S. company obtain an Omani sponsor or partner, given the need for local follow-up and knowledge of the market, companies not opening a local office are encouraged to consider obtaining a local partner.

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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