Textiles, Apparel, Footwear and Travel Goods
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;
|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 (Oman)
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
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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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Market Information - Oman
Export.Gov Middle East webpage
|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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