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Colombia Replaces Compound Tariff System for Apparel and Footwear with High Ad Valorem Rates

The Colombian government has replaced the compound tariff system on apparel, footwear and textile made-ups that was successfully challenged by Panama at the WTO with ad valorem rates of (i) 40 percent for apparel of Chapters 61 and 62 with an FOB price equal to or lower than US$10 per gross kilogramme; and (ii) 35 percent for 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 will also be subject to a 35 percent duty. This new system will be in place for a period of one year from 2 November.

Separately, the Colombian government has adopted new import requirements for apparel and footwear with a declared FOB price below a specific value, which ranges from US$3 to US$10 per gross kilogramme in the case of apparel and US$2 to US$7 per pair in the case of footwear, as well as US$2 per gross kilogramme in the case of footwear uppers. The new requirements include the following.

  • A certification from the foreign supplier, legalised or with an apostille and translated into Spanish, showing that the supplier intended to sell the goods to the importer in Colombia. The certification must include the address, phone number and email of the supplier, a description of the product (including the six-digit tariff classification) as well as quantity and price information.
  • A certification, legalised or with an apostille and translated into Spanish, demonstrating the existence of a foreign supplier, which must be issued by the entity in the foreign country in charge of the official registry for producers or merchants. If such a foreign entity does not exist, the importer must declare that fact under oath.
  • List of distributors of the subject goods in Colombia, including their name, tax identification number, address, phone number and email.
  • Declarations by the customs broker and importer (or its legal representative) containing certain specific information.

Among other requirements, the importer must also provide a guarantee equal to 200 percent of the applicable specific/threshold FOB value for the imported apparel or footwear product for a period of three years.

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