Fabric, yarn, towels, bedding and more. All of these textiles, which pertain to fabrics, are imported into the United States on a daily basis. China and India dominate the market for textile imports coming to the U.S. If you’re an importer of textiles it’s important to make sure you are complying with regulations. Here’s what you need to know.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) requires that all textiles, including clothing apparel, have labels that outline their content and instructions for care.
All textiles must:
Expect the textiles you import into the U.S. to be inspected. A lot. That’s why it’s important to make sure your imported textiles have the proper labels in order to pass inspections from a number of agencies. While the CBP has first dibs on your textile inspections, other agencies also help pave the way for your imports, including:
It’s not possible to put labels on every textile imported into the U.S. Think yarn or string. For these kinds of products, the CBP mandates that the packaging must include a label with the product’s country of origin.
There are many textiles being imported into the U.S. with mixed products from different countries. Think of a blouse made in Italy out of Chinese silk. When classifying textiles for import, it’s important to document the following on your label:
Textiles and textile products have their own section in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule. There are several sections for textiles, so it’s very helpful to work with a licensed Customs Broker in order to help register your textiles so you receive the proper classification and the proper assigned tax, or duty, for your textile imports. Taxes for imported textiles vary on the materials and their value.
Seeking cost clarification for your imported textiles? Here’s a duty calculator you can use to crunch the numbers.
Working with a Licensed Customs Broker is the best way to make sure your textile imports pass inspection and overcome potential import process hurdles. AFC International will oversee the entire apparel import process, making sure you stay compliant so you can stay focused on importing more textiles. Call us at 800-274-2329 or get a quote today to get started!