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Import process further streamlined
Argentinean authorities recently adopted new operational requirements for (1) the advance transmission of information related to means of transport, consignees, and merchandise arriving by sea; (2) the generation of general cargo manifests (MGCs); (3) the transmission of advance merchandise and consignee information covered by a house bill of lading; (4) the retrieval and generation of import cargo manifests (MANI SIMs); and (5) the retrieval and generation of deconsolidation manifests (SIMs). The new requirements will be phased in from Aug. 13 through Nov. 5, 2018.
[General Resolution 4278/2018]

New energy efficiency standards adopted for lamps
The standard apply to halogen lamps with a tungsten filament as well as self-ballasted fluorescent lamps (both single and double capped) for general lighting purposes. Subject lamps will be required to comply no later than July 1, 2019, with the relevant Class A energy efficiency standards set out in standard IRAM 62404 – Parts 1:2014 and 2:2015.
[Disposition 4/2018]


First foreign trade regulatory agenda issued
The agenda identifies 70 regulations that should be prioritized through the end of 2019 for review, amendment, update, or repeal as well as areas where new regulations are necessary. The goal of this unprecedented effort is to assist in the identification and organization of strategic issues that will be monitored by agencies with regulatory oversight.
[Ministry of Industry, Foreign Trade, and Services]

WTO challenge against Chinese trade remedy measures under consideration
Brazil has greenlighted a study to determine whether there are sufficient legal elements to pursue a World Trade Organization dispute settlement challenge against China’s safeguard measure on sugar imports as well as its antidumping measure on fresh, chilled, or frozen chicken from Brazil. A preliminary assessment suggests that the former potentially violates WTO rules and the latter has been fraught with inconsistencies.
[Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Food Supply]

Rule of origin exemptions granted to polyamide yarn from Colombia
Brazil has granted two exemptions from the applicable rules of origin under Mercosur’s trade agreement with Colombia to up to 16,500 kilograms of polyamide filament yarn. The exemptions have been granted to Colombian company Protela S.A. and will be in place from July 11, 2018, through July 11, 2019.
[Directive 35/2018]

AD actions on table fans, flat-rolled steel products, salt
– new sunset reviews of AD duty orders on table fans from China and flat-rolled products of magnetic silicon steel, other than grain-oriented, from China, South Korea, and Taiwan
[SECEX Circular 27/2018]
[SECEX Circular 28/2018]
– one-year suspension for public interest reasons of AD duty order on coarse salt not intended for animal or human consumption from Chile
[CAMEX Resolution 47/2018]


Agreement to facilitate trade in services with Mercosur
Among other things, the agreement provides reciprocal “national treatment” status to the services and service providers of Colombia and Mercosur member states.
[Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Tourism]


Electronic origin certificate provisions Pacific Alliance implemented
Mexico has implemented effective from June 24 provisions agreed with the other Pacific Alliance members (Chile, Colombia, and Peru) regarding the issuance and receipt of electronic origin certificates. These provisions are aimed at enhancing the interoperability throughout the region of electronic single windows for international trade operations.
[Notice issued July 16]

New standards adopted for air conditioners
Mexico has established new mandatory energy efficiency standards for mini-split and multi-split air conditioners with a nominal cooling capacity ranging from 1 to 19,050 Wt. The new requirements will enter into force Nov. 14, although subject merchandise certified to the previous standard prior to that date may continue to be commercialized in Mexico until the depletion of any such stocks.

Standards for mobile terminal equipment under consideration
Mexico is seeking input by Sept. 11 on a proposal that would set new mandatory standards for mobile terminal equipment that operates in the 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 850 MHz, 1,900 MHz, 1,700 MHz/2,100 MHz, and/or 2,500 MHz bandwidths and can use the radio spectrum or can be connected to telecommunications networks. These requirements would enter into force 60 days from the date of publication of a final regulation in Mexico’s official journal.

Cultural goods trade agreement with Switzerland implemented
[Decree issued July 24, 2018]

Sunset review of AD duty order on steel chain from China
This order has been in place since July 2003 and currently imposes an AD duty of US$0.50 per kilogram.
[Resolution issued July 16]


New CV investigation of U.S. corn
[Resolution No. 88-2018/CDB-INDECOPI]


Regional AEO mutual recognition agreement signed
Customs representatives from the four Pacific Alliance member states (Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru) recently signed an agreement formally recognizing each other’s authorized economic operator programs. The objectives of this arrangement include strengthening AEO programs throughout the region, increasing private sector participation, and further streamlining trade procedures. According to Chilean authorities, this is the first regional AEO mutual recognition agreement ever signed.

Fifth round of trade talks held with four countries
The Pacific Alliance held in mid-July a fifth 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 market access for goods, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, rules of origin, government procurement, trade in services, investment, intellectual property, trade and gender, and labor, environmental, and institutional matters. If these negotiations are successful, these four countries will become associate members of the Alliance. The next round of discussions will be held in late September.
[Colombia Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Tourism]