Worn (Used) Clothing and Textile Products

U.S. Trade Data on Worn Clothing and Textile Products
Exporting Worn Clothing: Foreign Restrictions and Requirements
U.S. Worn Clothing and Textile Products Industry Associations and Contacts

U.S. Trade Data on Worn Clothing and Textile Products

Schedule B numbers are used by the U.S. Census Bureau to classify exports. The following are the official Schedule B numbers and definitions for worn clothing and other worn textiles:

6309.00 - Worn/Used clothing and other worn articles
6310.00 - Used or new rags, scrap twine, cordage, rope and cables, and worn-out articles of twine, cordage, rope or cables, of textile materials

Click here for detailed, current export data, and look up by Schedule B code noted above.

Exporting Worn Clothing: Foreign Restrictions and Requirements

The following table summarizes the restrictions and requirements that may apply to worn clothing exported from the U.S. to various foreign markets. Information contained in this table is provided only as a guide. It is important to check with the appropriate authorities to confirm current restrictions and requirements.



COUNTRY
TARIFFS
BAN
CERTIFICATE REQUIRED
NOTES
Afghanistan6309 - 2.5%---
6310 - 10%---
Albania6309, 6310 - 15% ---
Algeria6309, 6310 - 30%Yes-See Ministere des Finances Directeur Général des Douanes; "Marchandises interdites ou suspendues à l ’importation et à l ’exportation” (Goods prohibited or suspended on import and export).
Angola6309 - 10%
6310 - 20%
-Yes -
Antigua & Barbuda6309 - 20%
6310 - 0%
---
Argentina6309, 6310 - 35%YesYesProhibited, except for donations to government or religious organizations.
Armenia6309, 6310 - 10%---
Aruba6309, 6310 - 6%---
Australia6309, 6310 - 0%---
AustriaSee European Union---
Azerbaijan6309, 6310 - 15%---
Bahamas6309 - 25%
6310 - 45%
---
Bahrain6309, 6310 - 5%---
Bangladesh6309 - 5%-25%---
6310 - 25%-Yes-
Barbados6309 - 20%---
6310 - 5%---
Belarus6309 - 15%, but not less than 0.18 Euro/1 kg.
6310 – 15%-17.5%
---
BelgiumSee European Union ---
Belize6309 - 20%
6310 - 5%
---
Benin 6309, 6310 - 20%---
Bermuda6309 - 6.5%
6310 - 22.25%
---
Bolivia 6309, 6310 - 20%YesYesA sanitary disinfection certificate (Certificado de desinfección sanitaria) is required, and is issued by the Ministerio de Salud (Ministry of Health Sport) or by the competent authority in the country of origin or source.
Bosnia & Herzegovina6309 - 5%
6310 - 0%
---
Botswana6309 - 20%-60% or 2.500 cents/kg & other per-units
6310 - 20%
YesYes- Used clothing must be fumigated.
- An import permit is required from the Department of Trade and Consumer Affairs. See “Prohibited and Restricted Goods”.
Brazil6309, 6310 - 35%Yes -Only donations of used clothing may be imported and are subject to non-automatic licensing. Secretaria de Comercio Exterior - SECEX or approvals from other Brazilian government agencies.
Brunei6309 - 0%
6310 – 0%-5%
---
BulgariaSee European Union YesYes-
Burkina-Faso6309, 6310 - 20%---
Burma6309 - 5%---
6310 - 1.5%---
Burundi6309 - (35% or USD 0.40/kg whichever is higher)
6310 - 10%
NoYesShipments of used clothing must be fumigated.
Cabo Verde (CapeVerde)6309, 6310 - 10%---
Cambodia6309, 6310 - 7%---
Cameroon6309, 6310 - 30%YesYesImportation of second-hand clothing requires a certificate of no infestation.
Canada6309 - 0%-18%
6310 - 0%
---
Cayman Islands6309, 6310 – 22%---
Central African Republic6309, 6310 - 30%---
Chad6309, 6310 - 30%---
Chile6309, 6310 - 6%
U.S.-Chile FTA duty free
-- Fumigation and a certificate of sanitation are required. See Resolution 1101 or contact the Servicio Agrícola y Ganadero - SAG (Agriculture and Livestock Service).
.Resolucion 1101

Used goods are valued by the customs service according to the current new value of similar merchandise, discounting 10% per year of use, up to a 70% discount. Under the FTA, Chile eliminated the 50% duty surcharge applied to used- goods originating from the United States.
China 6309, 6310 - 14%Yes -- The "Catalogue of Commodities Which are Restricted or Prohibited from Importing for Use in the Processing Trade" identifies "prohibited commodities" - China General Administration of Customs.
- For additional information on import restrictions, see China's Laws, Standards, and Customs Regulations on the Export.gov website.
Colombia6309, 6310 - 0%YesYes - Based on AC Decision 331, importers may apply for licenses to import used clothing under limited circumstances (Resolution 001 of 1995). In practice, approval is not granted.
- A certificate of disinfection issued by a sanitary authority in the country of origin is required.
Comoros----
Congo, Democratic Republic 6309 - 10%
6310 - 10%-20%
---
Congo, Republic6309, 6310 - 30%---
Costa Rica6309 - 14%
6310 - 9%
DR-CAFTA duty free
Yes--
Cote D'Ivoire 6309, 6310 - 20%YesYesWorn clothing is subject to a minimum reference value of CFAF 500/kg.
CroatiaSee European Union ---
Cuba6309 - 15%
6310 - 0%
---
CyprusSee European Union ---
Czech RepublicSee European Union ---
DenmarkSee European Union ---
Djibouti6309, 6310 - 26%---
Dominica6309 - 20%
6310 - 0%
---
Dominican Republic6309, 6310 - 20%Yes-Worn clothing is banned under DR-CAFTA and
Law No. 458 (1/3/1973) for reasons of public health.
Ecuador6309, 6310 - $5.5/kg + 10% Yes--
Egypt6309 - 35%
6310 - 5%
YesYes- A certificate indicating that goods have been sterilized is required.
El Salvador6309 - 15%
6310 - 10%
DR-CAFTA duty free
-Yes- Used clothing imports require a health certificate issued by the exporting country, and must be fumigated and certified in El Salvador prior to customs clearance.
Equatorial Guinea6309, 6310 - 30% ---
Eritrea-Yes--
EstoniaSee European Union ---
Ethiopia6309, 6310 - 0% Yes --
European Union3609 - 5.3%
6310 - 0%
---
Fiji6309 - 96 cents/kg or 32%, or whichever is greater
6310 - 5%
---
FinlandSee European Union ---
FranceSee European Union ---
Gabon 6309, 6310 - 30%---
Gambia6309, 6310 - 20%---
Georgia6309, 6310 - 0% ---
GermanySee European Union ---
Ghana6309, 6310 - 20% -Yes-
GreeceSee European Union-Yes-
Grenada6309 - 20%---
6310 - 5%---
Guatemala 6309 - 15%
6310 - 0%-10%
DR-CAFTA duty-free
---
Guinea 6309, 6310 - 20%---
Guinea Bissau6309, 6310 - 20%---
Guyana6309 - 20%---
6310 - 5%---
Haiti6309 - 30%
6310 - 5%
YesYes- A fumigation certificate is required.
See Ministere de L’Economie et des Finances
L'Administration Générale des Douanes (AGD)
(Ministry of Economy and Finance
General Customs Administration)
or go directly to “
Marchandises Usagees”,
Honduras6309 - 15%
6310 - 10%
DR-CAFTA duty- free
-Yes-
Hong Kong6309, 6310 - 0%---
HungarySee European Union --An import license is required.
Iceland6309, 6310 - 0%-Yes- Products subject to conditional import ban under Regulation 509/2004 include:
- wool, used bags or other packaging or wrapping materials,
- used riding gear, including gloves, soiled clothing and rags.
- Riding boots and clothes must be washed and/or disinfected before being imported.
- Used clothing is subject to import licensing.
India6309 - 10%
6310 - 5%
Yes-- Pre-shipment inspections are required in addition to Certificates of cleanliness - countersigned by a practicing physician in the country of origin. The letters “M.D.” must appear after the signature. See Import Policy guidelines Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Directorate General of Foreign Trade, Foreign Trade Policy 2015-2020 ().
Indonesia6309 - 35%
6310 - 25%
Yes --
Iran-Yes --
Iraq6309 - 20%
6310 - 10%
---
IrelandSee European Union---
Israel6309, 6310 - 6%Yes -‘-
ItalySee European Union ---
Jamaica 6309 - 20%
6310 - 5%
---
Japan6309 - 5.8%
6310 - 0%
---
Jordan6309, 6310 - 20% ---
Kazakhstan6309 - [15%, but not less than 0.18 euro per 1 kg]
6310 - 15-17.5%
---
Kenya6309 - 35% or USD 0.40/kg, whichever is higher
6310 - 10%
---
Korea (South)6309, 6310 - 8% ---
Kosovo6309, 6310 - 10% ---
Kuwait6309, 6310 - 5%-YesA certificate of disinfection or sterilization is required.
Kyrgyzstan Republic6309, 6310 - 12%---
Laos6309, 6310 - 10%---
LatviaSee European Union---
Lebanon6309 - 5%
6310 - 0%
-Yes-
Lesotho6309 - 20% or 60% or 2.500cents/kg & 35cents/unit - 50cents/unit)
6310 - 20%
Yes -Non-automatic licenses apply.
Liberia6309, 6310 – 20%Yes -Only Liberians may import or sell used clothing or own enterprises conducting such activities.
Libya----
LithuaniaSee European Union ---
LuxemburgSee European Union ---
Macau-China6309, 6310 - 0%---
Macedonia6309 - 20%
6310 - 13%
---
Madagascar6309, 6310 -20%---
Malawi 6309, 6310 - 25%-YesImport licenses are required.
Malaysia 6309 - 0%
6310 - 5%
---
Maldives6309, 6310 - 15% ---
Mali6309, 6310 - 20%---
Malta See European Union - --
Mauritania6309, 6310 - 20%- --
Mauritius6309, 6310 - 0%Yes --
Mexico6309, 6310 - 20%Yes Yes- An import permit is required, but in practice, is rarely issued.
Moldova6309 - 12.5%
6310 - 15%
---
Mongolia6309, 6310 - 5%- --
Montenegro----
Montserrat6309 - 30%---
6310 - 25%- --
Morocco6309 - 25%
6310 - 2.5%
YesYesImport licensing applies in accordance with Article 1 of Law No. 13-89 on trade, but licenses are not granted for public health and safety reasons.
Mozambique6309 - 20%
6310 - 7.5%
-Yes-
Namibia6309- 20%-60% or 2.500 cents/kg
6310 - 20%
YesYesNon-automatic licenses apply to imported second-hand clothing and leather products, which can only be imported by registered welfare agencies.
Nepal6309 - Rates of duty as for the corresponding new articles
6310 - 10%
---
NetherlandsSee European Union ---
New Caledonia – France6309 -10%
6310 - 5%
---
New Zealand6309 - 0% or $1.87/kg
6310 - 0%
---
Nicaragua6309 - 15%
6310 – 5%-10%
DR-CAFTA duty free
Yes- Health certificates are required. HS 6310, textile items (i.e. rags) are restricted to imports used solely for recovery of fibers. See Nicaragua’s tariff schedule for 2017 pgs. 281 & 284, (“Articulos de Prenderia” in Spanish).
Niger6309, 6310 - 20%---
Nigeria6309, 6310 – 20%Yes-See the "Absolutely Prohibited" List on the Nigerian Customs Service website:.
Norway 6309 - Rate of duty for similar new goods
6310 - 0%
---
Oman6309, 6310 - 5%---
Pakistan6309 - 3%
6310 - 20%
-YesA certificate of cleanliness signed by a physician, with the letters M.D. following the signature is required. See Ministry of Commerce or go directly to Import Policy Order 2016
Panama6309- 10%
6310 - 5%
--Used clothing imports are subject to mandatory consultation with the Departamento de Valoración (Valuation Department) of the Autoridad Nacional de Aduanas (National Customs Authority) prior to clearance. Such goods must have a "Sworn Declaration of Value" form signed by the importer (or a legal representative) declaring the existence and terms of a commercial transaction.
Papua New Guinea6309, 6310 - 0% -Yes-
Paraguay 6309, 6310 - 20%Yes-Used clothing imports are prohibited under Decree No. 7084/00 of January 11, 2000; and used footwear imports are prohibited under Decree No. 6.432/05 of 26 September 2005.
Peru6309 – 11%
6310 - 0%
YesYes -Imports are restricted (except as charitable donations) under Law No. 28514 of May 25, 2005.
- Donations to the private sector require an authorization from the
Agencia Peruana de Cooperación Internacional – APCI (Peruvian Agency for International Cooperation).
- Donations to the public sector require an authorization from the Consejo de Ministros del Perú (Peruvian Council of Ministers).
- See SUNAT Mercancías Restringidas y Prohibidas.(Restricted and Prohibited Goods).
Philippines6309, 6310 - 20%YesYes - The Government of Philippines restricts the importation of used clothing and rags (R.A. 4653). See Bureau of Customs – BOC or the Department of Trade Industry - DTI.
- An import license is required from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
PolandSee European Union ---
PortugalSee European Union ---
Qatar6309, 6310 - 5%---
RomaniaSee European Union ---
Russia6309 – 15%, but not less than 0.18 Euro/1 kg.
6310 – 15%-17.5%
- --
Rwanda6309 - [5.0 USD/Kg] [2.5. USD/Kg]
6310 - 10%
---
St Kitts, Nevis6309 - 10%
6310 - 0%
-Yes-
St Lucia6309 - 20%
6310 - 5%
Yes--
St. Vincent & the Grenadines6309 - 20%
6310 - 5%
---
Saudi Arabia6309 – banned
6310 - 5%
YesYes-
Senegal6309, 6310 - 20%- --
Serbia6309 - 30%
6310 - 5%
- --
Seychelles6309 - 200%
6310 - 25%
- --
Sierra Leone6309, 6310 - 20%-Yes Used clothing imports require fumigation. A pest-risk analysis is carried out prior to the issuance of the phytosanitary certificate by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security – MAFFS
Singapore6309, 6310 - 0%---
Slovak RepublicSee European Union ---
SloveniaSee European Union ---
Solomon Islands6309, 6310 - 10%--See Ministry of Finance Customs and Excise.
Somalia- -Yes-
South Africa6309.00.13, 6309.00.17 - 60% or 2.500c/kg;
6309.00.25 - 50 cents/unit;
6309.00.45 - 35 cents/unit;
6309.00.90 - 20%;
6310 - 20%
Yes- - An import permit must be obtained from the International Trade Administration Commission - ITAC prior to importation. (Schedule 4 (referenced in above link)
SpainSee European Union ---
Sri Lanka 6309 - 15%-25%
6310 - 15%
-Yes-
SudanN/A---
Suriname6309 - 20%
6310 - 5%
--Permits are required.
Swaziland6309 – 20%-60% or 2.500 cents/kg
6310 – 20%
Yes, Yes Import permits are required through the Import Permit Committee within the Ministry of Finance.
SwedenSee European Union ---
Switzerland-Liechtenstein6309 - 132.00 Fr/100 kg
6310.1000 - 0.00 Fr/100 kg
---
Syria6309, 6310 – 30%Yes --
Taiwan6309 - 10%
6310 - 1%-10%
---
Tajikistan6309,6310 - 15%--Most textile, apparel and footwear products are subject to Mandatory Certification (pursuant to Resolution No. 450 of September 2, 2010).
Tanzania6309 - 35% or USD 0.40/kg, whichever is higher---
6310 - 10% -Yes-
Thailand6309 - 30%
6310 - 0%
---
Togo6309, 6310 - 20%---
Tonga6309, 6310 - 0%---
Trinidad & Tobago6309 - 20%
6310 - 0%
---
Tunisia6309 - 20%
6310 – 0%-20%
---
Turkey6309 - 5.3%
6310 - 0%
-Yes- Turkey Exporter Registry
Turkmenistan - - - -
Uganda6309 - 35% or USD 0.40/kg whichever is higher
6310 – 10%
-YesA fumigation certificate is required by the Uganda Revenue Authority at entry.

Compulsory standards: US EAS 356:2004, Code of practice for inspection and acceptance criteria for used textile products and US EAS 386:2005, Used footwear - Inspection and acceptance criteria - Code of practice.
Ukraine6309 - 5.3%
6310 - 0%
---
United Arab Emirates6309, 6310 - 5%---
United KingdomSee European Union ---
Uruguay6309 – 20%
6310 - 0-20%
-YesA certificate of disinfection is required that includes a notarized statement from a commercial firm that the articles have been disinfected or dry cleaned.
Uzbekistan----
Vanuatu6309, 6310 - 15%---
Venezuela6309, 6310 - 20%Yes- -
Vietnam6309 - 100%---
6310 - 50%Yes- -
Yemen6309, 6310 - 25%---
Zambia6309, 6310 - 25% or K2.500/kg, whichever is greater---
Zimbabwe6309 - USD 5/Kg
6310- 5%-15%
Yes-Zimbabwe maintains a negative list of prohibited items that require special permission from the government to import. See Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZMRA), or go directly to Restricted and Prohibited Goods.

Tariff Abbreviations:
K-kwacha (Zambian currency)
Fr - Franc (Swiss currency)

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U.S. Worn Clothing and Textile Products Industry Associations and Contacts

Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART)
The Association of Wiping Materials, Used Clothing and Fiber Industries
3465 Box Hill Corporate Center Dr., Suite H
Abingdon, MD 21009
Tel: 443.640.1050 X112
Fax: 443.640.1086
Email: smartinfo@kingmgmt.org
www.smartasn.org

American Reusable Textile Association (ARTA)
http://www.arta1.com/
Phone: 863/660-5350 or 913/709-0229
Nancy Jenkins njenkins@arta1.com

Council for Textile Recycling (CTR)
http://www.weardonaterecycle.org/
Phone: 443-640-1050

Goodwill Industries International, Inc.
15810 Indianola Drive
Rockville, MD 20855
Tel: (301) 530-6500

http://www.goodwill.org/

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