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Argentina

Imports of carbofuran products banned
Effective Oct. 9, 2019, Argentina will ban the production and importation of the active substances carbofuran, carbosulfan, diazinon, aldicarb, and dicofol as well as their formulated products. Excluded from this ban are 10 percent carburan granule formulations. Argentinean authorities note that carbofuran formulations are considered dangerous pesticides and are currently prohibited in the European Union, Canada, and various sub-Saharan African countries.
[Resolution 263/2018]
[Resolution 670/2018]

TRQ allocation procedures for peach exports to Mexico announced
Argentina has announced new allocation procedures for exports to Mexico of up to 9,444 metric tons annually of canned peaches classified under subheading NCM 2008.70.10.
[Resolution 2/2018]

AD actions: sanitary ware, shock absorbers, denim fabric, zinc oxide, phthalic anhydride
– final negative AD determination on ceramic water closet bowls, flush tanks, pedestals, washbasins, and bidets from China
[Resolution 56/2018]
– preliminary affirmative AD determination on single body shock absorbers, including shock absorber spring assemblies, of the kind used in motorcycles and cycles fitted with an auxiliary motor, from China (provisional duty of 34.18 percent)
[Resolution 50/2018]
– final phase of AD investigation of cotton denim fabric from China and Peru (no provisional measures applied)
[Resolution 70/2018]
– final phase of AD investigation of zinc oxide (zinc white) from Brazil and Peru (no provisional measures applied)
[Resolution 57/2018]
– final negative AD determination on phthalic anhydride from Mexico and South Korea
[Resolution 45/2018]

Brazil

Import and export procedures further simplified
Brazil has issued a regulation aimed at simplifying and improving the efficiency and agility of its import and export procedures. Among other things, the requirement to provide certified copies of documents associated with import licensing processes, as well as the approval and withdrawal of the special customs drawback regime and the authorization of trading companies, has been rescinded. Brazil has also eliminated a requirement to submit to the Brazilian Secretariat of Foreign Trade certificates showing the legal status of foreign trade operators already included in official government databases. Other changes entail procedural improvements as well as the ability to submit more documents electronically.
[Ministry of Industry, Foreign Trade, and Services]

Duties on additional products modified
Brazilian authorities have announced the addition of 236 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. Additionally, tariff-rate quotas have been established on imports of 6-hexanelactam (epsilon-caprolactam), certain vaccines, and PET resin to correct a lack of supply in the domestic market.
[CAMEX Resolution 72/2018]
[CAMEX Resolution 73/2018]
[CAMEX Resolution 75/2018]

Congress approves customs cooperation agreement with Czech Republic
[Legislative Decree 157/2018]

AD actions: rolling mill rolls, garlic, steel products, plasterboard, tableware, PET film, fans
– final phase of AD investigation of rolls for rolling mills of cast iron or steel from China (no provisional measures applied)
[SECEX Circular 38/2018]
– initiation of sunset reviews of AD duty orders on (1) fresh or refrigerated garlic from China, (2) austenitic stainless steel flat-rolled products from China, Finland, Germany, Korea, Taiwan, and Vietnam, and (3) iron or non-alloy steel flat-rolled products from China, Korea, South Africa, and Ukraine
[SECEX Circular 40/2018]
[SECEX Circular 41/2018]
[SECEX Circular 42/2018]
– initiation of process to determine whether AD duty order on plasterboard faced and/or reinforced with paper or paperboard from Mexico is in the public interest
[CAMEX Resolution 74/2018]
– determination that imports of ceramic tableware claimed to be produced in India by Marvel Ceramics Pvt. Ltd. are circumventing the AD duty order on subject goods from China
[SECEX Directive 53/2018]
– extension by up to four months from Nov. 2 of deadline for final determination in AD investigation of PET film from Bahrain and Peru
[SECEX Circular 44/2018]
– announcement of next steps in sunset review of AD duty order on table fans from China
[SECEX Circular 43/2018]

Chile

Second meeting of “trade war” working group held
General Directorate for International Economic Relations Director-General Rodrigo Yáñez declared at the meeting that Chile must continue to deepen and modernize its trade agreements, implement last-generation origin cumulation mechanisms such as those of the Pacific Alliance and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, and consolidate the “trade war” working group as an effective public-private mechanism to address trade-related matters with a strategic country vision.
[DIRECON]

Discussions with Morocco seek to increase bilateral trade and investment
Chile and Morocco signed a memorandum of understanding Oct. 11 to establish a joint trade and investment committee. The committee will work to strengthen bilateral economic and trade relations by promoting reciprocal investments and trade diversification and identifying specific areas with potential for economic cooperation.
[DIRECON]

Colombia

WTO determination on apparel and footwear duties welcomed
A World Trade Organization panel has determined that Colombia’s revised duties on apparel, footwear, and made-up textile products comply with its Colombia’s multilateral obligations. Since 2013, Colombia and Panama have been involved in a WTO dispute concerning these duties, which Panama said adversely affected Asian goods exported to Panama’s Colon free zone for subsequent distribution to other Latin American countries, including Colombia.
[Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Tourism]

Mexico

Trade agreement with U.S. to be focus of economic impact investigation
The U.S. International Trade Commission has instituted an investigation to assess the likely impact of a trade agreement President Trump intends to enter into with Mexico and Canada to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement. For the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement to receive the expedited U.S. congressional consideration provided under the trade promotion authority law, the ITC must prepare a report that assesses the likely impact of the agreement on the U.S. economy as a whole, specific industry sectors and the interests of U.S. consumers. This report, which will be made public, is due to the president and Congress no more than 105 days after the president signs the agreement, which he can do no earlier than Nov. 30.
[ITC]

New mandatory mercury and cadmium limits for batteries
Mexico has established maximum mercury and cadmium limits in batteries and battery packs, including cylindrical, prismatic, and button cell batteries. The maximum limits are 0.0005 percent mercury and 0.0020 percent cadmium by weight of the battery unit, although in the case of button cell batteries a more flexible allowance of two percent by weight of mercury is being provided. These requirements will enter into force Sept. 28, 2019.
[NOM-212-SCFI-2017]

AD actions: microwire, coaxial cable

– issuance of AD duty order on microwire for welding from China (AD duty of US$0.57 per kilogram for five years)
[Resolution issued Oct. 5]
– sunset review determination to renew AD duty order on radio guide coaxial cable from China for five years and maintain AD duty of US$4.32/kg
[Resolution issued Oct. 4]

Peru

New import requirements for bovine embryos from Belgium
Imports must be accompanied by an official sanitary certificate issued by the relevant authorities and comply with certain other requirements.
[R.D. Nº 0028-2018-MINAGRI-SENASA-DSA]

Region

Mercosur advances trade talks with Canada, Singapore, EFTA
Mercosur recently concluded additional negotiating rounds on separate bilateral free trade agreements with Canada and the European Free Trade Association (which comprises Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein) and held a first round of talks on an FTA with Singapore. The trade talks with Canada yielded substantial progress in all disciplines under discussion but particularly sanitary and phytosanitary measures, government procurement, and environmental matters. The discussions with Singapore, meanwhile, focused on defining the main chapters and identifying common positions as well as particularly sensitive areas.
[Argentina’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship]
[Argentina’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship]
[Argentina’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship]