ST&R Attorney Interviewed on DR Television
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg’s Tiffany Comprés was a guest on Metropolis, a television program in the Dominican Republic, where she spoke about importing to and exporting from the Dominican Republic.
New labeling requirements adopted for footwear
Among other things, effective from Feb. 6, 2019, all footwear commercialized in the country must be labeled with the importer’s or producer’s name and tax identification (this information may be replaced with a duly registered commercial brand), brand and model/article, country of origin, size, and materials used in the upper, sole, and lining.
Law on international commercial arbitration implemented
Based on the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law model law on international commercial arbitration, Law 27.449 establishes a framework for settling international commercial disputes while enhancing legal certainty for foreign investments. Argentina has also joined the Convention on International Transport of Goods Under Cover of TIR Carnets, which is aimed at simplifying and harmonizing the formalities of international road transport.
New standards announced for furniture
Argentina recently approved framework technical requirements setting forth minimum standards for furniture sold in the country. In addition, specific quality and safety technical requirements have been announced for flat board furniture, including furniture made from particleboard, fiberboard, dry-process fiberboard, hardboard, plywood, coated board, and certain other board.
List of controlled drug precursors amended
Substances whose importation and exportation requires prior authorization from the Argentinean government because of their potential use in the production of illicit drugs and psychotropic substances are classified under a number of tariff lines within chapters 12, 28, and 29.
Import duties lowered on more products
Brazilian authorities have announced the addition of 423 items to a list of foreign capital goods and information technology and telecommunications goods that benefit from duty-free treatment under a special regime, down from 14 or 16 percent. Subject goods will benefit from duty-free treatment through June 30, 2020 (Dec. 31, 2018 for one item). A broad range of items have also been added to the list of automotive parts that benefit from a reduced two percent duty, down from 12, 14, 16, 18, or 20 percent. Furthermore, Brazil has renewed for an additional six months its tariff-rate quota on up to 50,000 tons (25,000 tons per quarter) of frozen sardines. In-quota imports will benefit from duty-free treatment while out-of-quota goods will be subject to the regular MFN duty rate.
[CAMEX Resolution 50/2018]
[CAMEX Resolution 51/2018]
[CAMEX Resolution 54/2018]
[CAMEX Resolution 55/2018]
Agreement on good regulatory practices signed with U.S.
The ultimate goal of this effort is to increase mutual understanding of the other side’s regulatory system and to promote bilateral trade and investment.
[Ministry of Industry, Foreign Trade, and Services]
Input sought on Mercosur-Singapore FTA talks
Comments are due by Sept. 22 on Brazil’s negotiating position during the talks, Mercosur’s first with a ASEAN member.
[SECEX Circular 34/2018]
More flexible AD procedures issued for fragmented industries
Under the new procedures, a fragmented industry, defined as a sector with a particularly large number of domestic producers, will benefit from more flexible timeframes and therefore enjoy enhanced access to trade remedy mechanisms. Several fragmented industries in Brazil in both the industrial and agricultural sectors have faced significant difficulties in the past complying with relatively stringent deadlines.
[SECEX Directive 41/2018]
Origin rule for certain peaches amended
Brazil has incorporated into its domestic legal regime a March 2012 decision by Mercosur to establish a new product-specific origin rule for peaches classified under NCM 2008.70.20. The rule requires subject peaches to undergo a tariff shift and have a minimum 60 percent regional value content to qualify for preferential duty treatment.
AD actions on citric acid, float glass
– new minimum CIF price of US$1,127.26 per ton for Chinese citric acid and citrate salts from certain companies
[SECEX Circular 33/2018]
– amendment of AD duty order on float glass from Mexico by assigning Vitro Vidrio y Cristal S.A. de C.V.’s US$139.6 per ton dumping margin to Viméxico S.A. de C.V.
[CAMEX Resolution 56/2018]
Imports of Colombian beef now allowed
Chile has rescinded a June 2017 regulation that temporarily prohibited the importation of fresh, refrigerated, and frozen beef from Colombia. As a result, imports of subject goods are now allowed so long as they comply with all applicable sanitary requirements.
[Exempt Resolution 4263/2018]
Additional progress reported in Chile-Brazil trade talks
In the second round of talks on a trade agreement intended to complement the current trade deal between Chile and Mercosur, Chilean and Brazilian negotiators reportedly reached agreement on the chapters on competition, good regulatory practices, and micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises and entrepreneurs. A third round of discussions will be held Sept. 12-14 in Brasilia.
Administrative procedures for exports enhanced
Chilean Finance Minister Felipe Larraín announced Aug. 2 the successful conclusion of a joint effort that will enable the Integrated Foreign Trade System (SICEX), the Logistics and Port System of Valparaiso (SILOGPORT), the General Directorate of the Maritime Territory and the Merchant Marine (Directemar), and the National Customs Service to be digitally interconnected. As a result, the documentary cycle of an export operation is expected to be reduced by ten days, which means that exporters will be able to apply for VAT reimbursements ten days earlier. In addition, exporters will no longer need a paper bill of lading to legalize the single exit document (DUS) and cargo traceability will be improved.
[National Customs Service]
Temporary duty reductions on wheat and wheat flour extended
For the period Aug. 16 through Oct. 15, wheat importers will be able to deduct US$105.06 per ton from the total duty owed on these goods (calculated using the regular six percent duty rate) and wheat flour importers will be able to deduct US$163.89 per ton.
[Exempt Decree 236/2018]
New trade minister assumes post
José Manuel Restrepo has a master’s degree in economics from the London School of Economics and previously served as dean of the Universidad del Rosario, one of the most prestigious universities in Colombia. As an academic, Mr. Restrepo is known as a defender of conservative principles and economic freedom, including free enterprise and a strong private sector.
[Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Tourism]
Slight revisions to apparel labeling requirements
The definitions for permanent labeling and non-permanent labeling have been modified somewhat and the list of examples of products that can disclose the required information adhered to their packaging because the direct use of a label would negatively impact their use or aesthetics, or cause a loss in value, due to their nature or size has been expanded. The new list includes such products as stockings for varicose veins, panty hose, stockings, leotards, socks, gloves, mitts and mittens, brassieres, girdles, panty-girdles, handkerchiefs, shawls, mufflers, scarves, mantillas, veils, and neckties. The new provisions will apply from Oct. 27.
AD actions on packaging materials, steel tube, woven fabrics
– new AD investigation of sheets of cardboard and polyethylene, having an intermediate aluminum sheet and an oxygen barrier, used for the aseptic packaging of products treated with the UTH process in the food industry from Brazil
– preliminary AD duty of 20 percent on welded carbon steel tube from China, which will be in place until Jan. 29, 2019.
– denial of request to rescind minimum FOB price of US$4.63/kg provisionally established in the ongoing AD investigation of Chinese cotton woven denim fabrics and certain other cotton woven fabrics
[Resolution 203/2018 (not available)]
Duties on three additional iron/steel products temporarily increased, two items exempted
Effective from Aug. 18 through Nov. 30, Mexico has increased from zero to 15 percent its MFN duty on iron and steel products classified under HTSMX 7207.12.01, 7207.12.99, and 7224.90.02. Mexico has also exempted two products not currently produced in the country, classified under newly-created tariff lines HTSMX 7216.32.04 and HTSMX 7216.33.02, from the 15 percent temporary duty that applies to a broad range of iron and steel imports.
[Decree issued Aug. 17]
Revised Kyoto Convention approved
Mexico recently announced the ratification of the June 1999 amendments to the International Convention on the Simplification and Harmonization of Customs Procedures (known as the Kyoto Convention). In force since Feb. 3, 2006, the revised Kyoto Convention promotes trade facilitation and effective controls through its legal provisions that detail the application of simple yet efficient procedures.
[Decree issued Aug. 21]
Quota amount for sugar exports to U.S. announced
As of July 2018 there was a maximum quota of 750,876.851 metric tons available for sugar exports to the U.S. during the period Oct. 1, 2018, through Sept. 30, 2019.
[Notice issued Aug. 15]
TRQ on beans reinstated
The special tariff-rate quota, which allows up to 100,000 metric tons of beans classified under HTSMX 0713.33.02, 0713.33.03, and 0713.33.99 to benefit from duty-free treatment in Mexico, will be in effect from Sept. 17 through Nov. 30, 2018.
[Regulation issued Aug. 17]
Sunset review of AD duty order on polyester staple fiber from Korea
[Resolution issued Aug. 17]
Additional 10 percent duty on 10 Colombian products
Following a decision by the Court of Justice of the Andean Community, Peru has established an additional 10 percent duty on 10 Colombian products classified under HTSPE 1107.10.0000, 2309.90.2000, 1701.14.0000, 1701.99.9000, 1704.90.1000, 1704.90.9000, 1806.90.0000, 1901.90.9000, 2101.11.0000, and 2106.90.7900. This action stems from Colombia’s restrictions on rice imports from other Andean Community members.
[Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism]
[Supreme Decree No. 003-2018-Mincetur]
New guide aims to facilitate food exports to U.S.
The new guidance document provides a detailed overview of the Food and Drug Administration’s Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) regulations as well as useful information to prepare a GRAS notification.
[Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism]
New import requirements for blackberries, rhizomes
Peru has established new phytosanitary requirements for (1) blackberries from the U.S. states of Arkansas and Oregon, and (2) Calla lily and Zantedeschia aethiopica rhizomes from the U.S. Imports must be accompanied by an official phytosanitary certificate issued by the relevant authorities and comply with certain other requirements.
[R.D. Nº 0021-2018-MINAGRI-SENASA-DSV]
[R.D. Nº 0022-2018-MINAGRI-SENASA-DSV]