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Argentina

Content declaration requirements for textiles, apparel, and footwear amended
The government has amended test report provisions associated with the sworn statement of product composition (DJCP) requirements for imported and domestically-produced textiles, apparel, and footwear. Under this system, importers and producers of textiles and apparel must provide a declaration with the fiber composition of their products, while footwear importers and producers must provide a declaration with the constituent materials.
[Disposition 21/2018]

AD actions on food processors, fan guards
– new antidumping duty order on manual multi-function food processors incorporating interchangeable accessories, hand mixers whether or not incorporating any accessories, and blenders from China (duty rate of 115.75 percent or US$20 per unit)
[Resolution 239/2018]
– termination without measures of AD probe of metal guards of the kind used in fans with a self-enclosed electric motor from China and Taiwan
[Resolution 339/2018]

Oranges, lemons, and garlic may enter Colombian market
The Colombian Agricultural Institute and Argentina’s National Service of Health and Agri-Food Quality have agreed on the phytosanitary requirements for these products.
[Casa Rosada]

New instructions to request import or export of explosives
[Boletin Oficial]

Brazil

Import duties lowered
Brazilian authorities recently announced the addition of 244 items to a list of foreign capital goods and information technology and telecommunications goods that benefit from duty-free treatment under the Ex-Tarifario regime, down from 14 or 16 percent. Fifteen of these items are IT and telecom goods while 229 are capital goods. One of these items will benefit from duty-free treatment through Dec. 31, 2018, while the rest will remain duty-free through Dec. 31, 2019. Additionally, Brazil has provided duty-free treatment to certain equipment for amusement parks.
[CAMEX Resolution 36/2018]
[CAMEX Resolution 37/2018]
[CAMEX Resolution 38/2018]

Records of CV and safeguard proceedings now available electronically
The new electronic modules that Brazilian authorities will use to conduct countervailing and safeguard investigations will be launched June 15. As part of this system, interested parties will have online and real-time access to the records of all administrative proceedings related to CV and safeguard investigations conducted by the Department of Trade Defense. Parties already have online access to all administrative records related to antidumping proceedings.
[Ministry of Industry, Foreign Trade, and Services]

AD/CV actions on steel products, powder milk
– final affirmative CV determination on hot-rolled flat-rolled products of alloy or non-alloy steel from China (with one-year suspension of application of CV duty order)
[CAMEX Resolution 34/2018]
– sunset review scheduled for AD duty orders on milk in powder form from the European Union and New Zealand
[SECEX Circular 23/2018]
– opportunity to request sunset reviews of AD duty orders on motor vehicle tires, bicycle tires, tableware, and precipitated silicon dioxide from a number of countries
[SECEX Circular 24/2018]

Chile

FTA discussions launched with Brazil
Chile and Brazil held June 6-8 a first round of talks on a bilateral free trade agreement, which would complement the trade deals already in place between Chile and Mercosur. Issues to be discussed during the negotiations include non-tariff barriers, trade facilitation, trade in services, environmental and labor matters, and trade and gender. The two sides hope to have a deal in place by the end of the year.
[DIRECON]

Digital origin certificates from Argentina will soon be allowed
Effective July 2, Chile will allow under a pilot program the use of digital certificates of origin issued by Argentinean authorities to justify preferential duty treatment claims under trade agreements between the two countries.
[DIRECON]

Efforts to modernize FTA with EU move forward
During a third round of talks held May 28 to June 1 negotiators discussed such matters as market access for goods, services, and investment; technical barriers to trade; intellectual property rights; competition and subsidies; sanitary and phytosanitary measures; trade and sustainable development; and trade and gender.
[European Commission Trade Directorate]

Colombia

Favorable decisions in trade spat with Ecuador welcomed
The Andean Community General Secretariat has issued separate decisions (1) denying Ecuador’s request to impose a safeguard measure against sugar imports from other Andean Community members and (2) ruling that Ecuador may not assess the customs oversight fee it implemented Nov. 13, 2017, on imports from other Andean Community members. Ecuador has also agreed to eliminate certain restrictions on the origin content that certain Colombian products were required to meet to receive preferential duty treatment.
[Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Tourism]

Technical assistance deal signed with trade facilitation alliance 
As part of ongoing efforts to implement the provisions of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement in Colombia, the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation has agreed to provide technical assistance to Colombia’s Tax and Customs National Authority (DIAN) on the creation of a virtual center on trade facilitation and good practices. The ultimate goal of this public-private partnership is to simplify and streamline trade-related procedures.
[DIAN]

Colombian bananas may now be exported to Argentina
Other markets where the importation of Colombian bananas is currently allowed include the EU, Canada, China, Chile, Japan, Albania, Aruba, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Cuba, Curacao, Egypt, North Korea, South Korea, Morocco, Myanmar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.
[Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Tourism]

Mexico

Mexico retaliates against U.S. steel and aluminum safeguard tariffs
Mexico has suspended NAFTA duty-free treatment and imposed duties ranging from seven percent to 25 percent on a range of U.S. products following a U.S. decision to rescind the exemption it temporarily provided to Mexico from its steel and aluminum safeguard tariffs. Mexico’s countermeasures affect such products as flat steel (hot and cold foil, including coated and various tubes), lamps, pork legs and shoulders, sausages and food preparations, apples, grapes, blueberries and various cheeses. Concurrently, Mexico has increased its duties on a range of steel products on an MFN basis.
[Decree issued June 5]

New safety requirements for motorcycle helmets
Under new mandatory safety, test method, and labeling requirements, motorcycle helmets sold in Mexico will have to be made in accordance with certain specifications and comply with specific performance requirements concerning penetration, impact mitigation, and retention systems. With some exceptions, the new requirements will enter into force Nov. 25.
[NOM-206-SCFI/SSA2-2018]

Tariff-rate quota established for swine meat 
In-quota imports will benefit from duty-free treatment up to a 350,000 ton limit through 31 December 2018, while out-of-quota goods will be subject to a regular MFN duty rate of 20 percent. The TRQ will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, with companies with an import history in 2017 eligible for a combined 97 percent of the TRQ.
[Regulation issued June 5]

AD duty order issued on Chinese balloons
Imports of metallized plastic balloons from China will face an AD duty of US$37.8 per kilogram for five years.
[Resolution issued June 7]

Region

Mercosur and South Korea agree to launch FTA negotiations 
[Telam]