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Documentary requirements for goods subject to criterion values eased
As part of ongoing efforts to reduce the overall administrative burdens faced by trade operators, the Argentinean government has rescinded a regulation that required importers to comply with additional documentation requirements when the declared value of imported goods was lower than the criterion value established by Argentinean Customs. As a result, when such imports originated in or were shipped from any one of 13 Asian suppliers, the commercial invoice is no longer required to be validated by the customs authority of the applicable foreign country.
[Circular 3/2018]

Export tax on soybean products, biodiesel modified
Effective July 1, Argentina will lower its export tax on soybean products classified under NCM 1507.90.11 and 1517.90.10 to 10 percent and increase the export tax on biodiesel products classified under NCM 3826.00.00 from eight percent to 15 percent.
[Decree 486/2018]
[Decree 487/2018]

AD actions on steel tube, vacuum flasks, plates and sheets, saw blades
– new AD duty order on Chinese steel tube of the kind used in oil or gas pipelines, whether or not welded, with an external diameter of 406.4 mm or lower and a thickness of 12.7 mm or lower; AD duty rate of 26 percent
[Resolution 214/2018]
– initiation of sunset and changed circumstances review of AD duty orders on Chinese (1) vacuum flasks and other vacuum vessels with stainless steel inners of a capacity not exceeding 2.5 liters, and (2) vacuum flasks and other vacuum vessels with glass inners of a capacity of up to 2.5 liters
[Resolution 204/2018]
– termination of AD duty investigation of plates, sheets, film, foil, and strip exclusively of poly(methyl methacrylate) from China
[Resolution 282/2018]
– renewal for five years of AD duty order on straight rapid steel manual saw blades from India (specific AD duty of US$0.13 per unit)
[Resolution 217/2018 ]

Agricultural export markets expand
Thailand and South Korea have opened their markets to imports of blueberries, lentils, peas, and barley from Argentina.
[Marco Trade]

Argentina and Brazil end double taxation for services exports 

Pineapple imports from Colombia approved; other fruits and vegetables could follow


Duties lowered on more products
Brazilian authorities have established 12-month tariff-rate quotas on certain products classified under NCM 2915.40.10, 2921.19.23, 2929.10.10, 3302.90.90, 3904.90.00, 3909.31.00, 3920.20.19, 3939.90.90, and 5503.30.00 to correct a lack of supply in the Brazilian market. In-quota imports will benefit from a reduced two percent duty while out-of-quota goods will face regular rates of duty.
[CAMEX Resolution 35/2018]

Final determination in AD anti-circumvention probe of ball-point pens from China
Brazilian authorities have determined that that import licenses should not be issued for imports of subject pens claiming to be produced in India by BC Enterprises.
[Directive 25/2018]


Colombia joins OECD
Colombia is only the third Latin American country (after Chile and Mexico) to join the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, which promotes policies aimed at improving the economic and social well-being of people around the world.
[Ministry of Commerce, Industry, and Tourism]

Technical requirements adopted for pressure cookers, rescinded for fridges
Among other things, pressure cookers must carry three labels (on the body, lid, and packaging), certain permanent markings (on the body and handle or knobs), and an operations manual inside packaging. Separately, the technical requirements for household refrigerators, freezers, and refrigerator-freezers set forth in Resolution 859/2006 have been rescinded.
[Resolution 939/2018 (link not available)]
[Resolution 942/2018  (link not available)]

New tariff breakouts for plastic and textile products
Colombia has created new tariff breakouts for plastic plates, sheets, film, foil, and strip of heading 3920, cotton woven fabrics of heading 5208 and 5210, and woven fabrics of synthetic staple fibers of heading 5513 and 5515. Additionally, a new chapter note has been created to define heat shrinkable film products classified under HTSCO 3920.30.1010, 3920.49.0010, and 3920.62.0020.
[Decree 858/2018  (link not available)]

Free zone regulations amended
Changes include increased flexibility to request time extensions to transport bulk or large volume cargo to a free zone, streamlined documentary requirements for manufacturing byproducts as well as waste with commercial value generated by manufacturing activities, and enhanced flexibility for small shipments and spare/replacement part imports.

AD actions on iron and steel profiles, woven fabrics, citric acid
– three-month extension of minimum FOB price of US$473.28 per ton established in the ongoing AD investigation of Chinese iron and steel profiles, whether or not alloyed, in L and U sections
[Resolution 119/2018]
– three-month extension of minimum FOB price of US$4.63 per kilogram established in the ongoing AD investigation of cotton woven denim fabrics and other cotton woven fabrics from China
[Resolution 126/2018]
– extension until June 14 of deadline for preliminary AD duty determination on citric acid from China.
[Resolution 116/2018]


New safety standards under consideration for electric elevators
Interested parties may submit input by July 27 on a proposal to establish new mandatory safety requirements for electric elevators for people and cargo. The proposal includes classification provisions, technical specifications (including specifications regarding normal and emergency access, cars, doors, counterweights, ventilation, electric controls, etc.), and sampling and testing procedures. The new requirements would enter into force 60 days from the date a final regulation is published in Mexico’s official journal.
[Notice issued May 28]

AD duty order on ceramic tableware and kitchenware from China upheld
Subject goods will continue to be subject to a minimum import price of US$2.61/kg. While imports of lower-valued items are allowed, importers must guarantee payment of the difference in each of those circumstances. Excluded from the scope of the order are jars and mugs having a polymer/polyester coating, not decorated or printed, and intended to undergo a sublimation printing process.
[Resolution issued May 29]


New import requirements for bovine semen, stevia and orchid plants
Peru has established new sanitary or phytosanitary requirements for (1) frozen bovine semen from Australia, (2) in vitro stevia plants from Japan, and (3) in vitro orchid plants from Taiwan. Imports of subject goods must be accompanied by an official sanitary or phytosanitary certificate issued by the relevant authorities and comply with certain other requirements.
[R.D. Nº 0007-2018-MINAGRI-SENASA-DSV]
[R.D. Nº 0008-2018-MINAGRI-SENASA-DSV]
[R.D. Nº 0019-2018-MINAGRI-SENASA-DSA]


Pacific Alliance holds fourth round of trade talks with four countries
The Pacific Alliance, which includes Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru, held in mid-May a fourth round of talks on a set of ambitious and broad-ranging free trade agreements with Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and Singapore. Negotiating teams discussed a range of issues related to sanitary and phytosanitary measures, trade remedies, rules of origin, market access, services, investment, intellectual property, government procurement, institutional matters, technical barriers to trade, and trade facilitation. If these negotiations are successful, these four countries will become associate members of the Alliance.
[Chile’s General Directorate for International Economic Relations]