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Colombia Extends High Duties on Apparel and Footwear

The Colombian government has extended for a period of two years its current duty regime for imports of apparel, footwear and textile made-ups, namely:

  • a 40 percent duty on apparel of Chapters 61 and 62 with an FOB price equal to or lower than US$10 per gross kilogramme; and
  • a 35 percent duty on footwear of headings 6401, 6402, 6403, 6404 and 6405 with an FOB price equal to or lower than US$6 per pair (for headings 6401, 6402 and 6404), US$7 per pair (for heading 6405) or US$10 per pair (for heading 6403).

Imports of footwear uppers of subheading 6406.10 with an FOB price equal to or lower than US$5 per gross kilogramme are also subject to a 35 percent duty. Goods with a price higher than the applicable threshold face the regular 15 percent MFN duty. The Colombian government is also reportedly working on additional requirements in the areas of labelling and minimum descriptions in order to further combat unfair trade practices.

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