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Colombia Widens Scope of High Duties on Apparel

The Colombian government has modified its current duty regime for apparel imports in an apparent effort to apply high duties on a broader range of products. Specifically, imports of apparel of HS Chapters 61 and 62 with an FOB price equal to or lower than US$20 per gross kilogramme will face a 37.9 percent duty effective from 3 November. While this duty is slightly lower than the 40 percent tariff currently in place on subject merchandise, the current tariff covers goods with an FOB price equal to or lower than US$10 per gross kilogramme, a threshold that is considerably lower than the new threshold.

Moreover, apparel with an FOB price higher than US$20 per gross kilogramme will face a compound duty rate of 10 percent ad valorem plus US$3 per gross kilogramme, compared to a 15 percent ad valorem rate currently.

The new apparel duties are being imposed on a permanent basis and therefore have no expiration date. By contrast, the current high duties on footwear (35 percent for subject merchandise with an FOB price equal to or lower than US$6, US$7 or US$10 per pair, or US$5 per gross kilogramme in the case of footwear uppers) have not been amended and are scheduled to expire in early November 2019.

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