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Member countries of the World Trade Organization (WTO) are required under the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT Agreement) to report to the WTO all proposed technical regulations that could affect trade with other Member countries. The WTO Secretariat distributes this information in the form of “notifications” to all Member countries. The chart below summarizes notifications from the WTO in English received and posted by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) during the past month.

Recently, Customs notified hundreds of importers regarding the imminent start of an audit of the alleged inconsistency between the statements made when applying for the grant of the Sworn Advance Import Declaration (DJAI) and the final import Declaration.

These audits would be related to a complaint made by the recently suspended Customs Administrator. In the complaint it is stated that thousands of companies had used the previous DJAIs regime to convert foreign currency abroad in excess of what was actually due. Specifically, for the importers artificially increased the amount of imports or re-used the same DJAI several times or did not subsequently make imports, all in order to convert excess foreign exchange abroad.

On 27 July 2016, the Federal Adm. of Public Revenues (AFIP) published in the Boletín Oficial de la República Argentina (the Official Gazette) General Resolution № 3916 of 25 July 2016, which revises the rules for sending non-commercial shipments via postal/courier providers. The revised rules apply to non-commercial shipments of up to 50kg valued at US$ 1,000 or less comprised of up to 3 units of the same kind of goods and comes into effect…

On 27 July 2016, the Federal Adm. of Public Revenues (AFIP) published in the Boletín Oficial de la República Argentina (the Official Gazette) General Resolution № 3915 of 25 July 2016, which establishes a new regime for international shipments via the official Postal Service. Under the new regime, subjects who receive shipments of goods from abroad, which entered the country through the Official Post must have CUIT, CUIL or CDI and Key Fiscal enabled for…

  On May 26, 2016, the Department of State published in the Federal Register a document [Public Notice: 9584] announcing that on May 3, 2016, it certified that 14 shrimp-harvesting nations (Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Gabon, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, and Suriname) have a regulatory program comparable to that of the United States governing the incidental taking of the relevant species of sea turtles in the course of commercial shrimp…

  On 23 December 2015, under the umbrella of the recently created Import Monitoring System (“SIMI” according to its Spanish acronym), the Ministry of Production published in the Boletín Oficial Resolution 5/2015 (22 December 2015), establishing a new system of automatic and non automatic import licenses applicable to all final imports into Argentina. Automatic Import Licenses (“ALs”) apply to all the goods included in the Mercosur Tariff Schedule (“NCM”). To obtain such ALs, importers must provide…

  By means of Decree No. 160/2015 (18 Dec. 2015), the National Government gave legal form to the announced total removal of export taxes (commonly known as “withholdings”) for mineral and manufactured products. As of December 21, 2015, export taxes for all mineral and manufactured products have been reduced to 0%, with the exception of: (i) biodiesel, taxed at 32%; and (ii) iron and steel scrap materials which are now taxed at 5%. Together with the…

  As anticipated, and as mandated by the World Trade Organization (“WTO”), the Federal Tax Authority (“AFIP”, according to its Spanish acronym) issued today General Resolution 3823 (“RG3823”) that abrogates the import licensing system known as Advanced Import Affidavit (“DJAIs” in Spanish”) and replaces it with the Import Monitoring System (Sistema Integral de Monitoreo de Importaciones, “SIMI”). SIMI applies to all final imports into Argentina. According to the same, any importer must –prior to importation- submit…

  By means of Decree No. 133/2015, the National Government gave legal form to the announced total removal of export taxes (commonly known as “withholdings”) for agricultural and farm products. As of December 17, 2015, export taxes for all agricultural and farm products have been reduced to 0%, with the exception of certain products, such as: (i) soybeans, which are now taxed at 30% (previously 35%); (ii) soy flour and soy oil, which are now…