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Argentina

Non-automatic import licensing requirements rescinded for various products 
Argentina has rescinded its non-automatic licensing requirements on 19 electrical and electronic products of headings 8415, 8418, 8516, 8528, 8521, 8527, and 8528, including certain air conditioners, microwave ovens, televisions, loudspeakers, answering machines, and radiobroadcast receivers. Imports of these items are now subject to automatic licensing.
[Resolution 898/2017]

More beef exports gain access to Singapore 
Singaporean authorities have approved the unified international veterinary certificate for the entry of meat with and without bone of the bovine, ovine, and caprine species from foot-and-mouth disease-free areas of Argentina. Previously Singapore allowed only boneless meat from Argentina, along with bone-in meat produced in Patagonia.
[MRECIC]

Resolution on reference values for exports
[Boletin Oficial]

Internal tax lowered on some electrical and electronic products
[Boletin Oficial]

Decree on export authorizations for crude oil
[Boletin Oficial]

AD actions on woven fabric, fans, bearings, eyeglass frames
– final negative AD duty determination on wool woven fabric and polyester staple fiber fabric mixed with wool from Brazil, China, and Peru (proceeding terminated without imposition of final measures)
[Resolution 693/2017]
– renewal of AD duty order on fans from China and increase of AD duty rate from 136.92 percent to 164 percent
[Resolution 701/2017]
– initiation of sunset and changed circumstances review of AD duty order on bearings from China, which have been subject to minimum FOB prices ranging from US$7.45/kg to US$21.09/kg since November 2012
[Resolution 694/2017]
– determination that imports of frames and mountings for spectacles exported to Argentina by Taiwan’s Sunmax Optical Co. Ltd. and Cheng Yi Optical Co. Ltd. are not circumventing the AD duty order on such goods from China
[Disposition 72/2017]
[Disposition 73/2017]

Brazil

Input sought on changes to AEO program
Brazil is seeking input from interested parties by Dec. 20 on the simplification and decentralization of the authorized economic operator certification process as well as other potential changes to the AEO program. Brazilian authorities indicate that any modifications to this program would have to adhere to the parameters of the World Customs Organization’s SAFE Framework of Standards to Secure and Facilitate Global Trade.
[Federal Revenue Service]

Colombia

Changes to FTA with Costa Rica 
Twenty Colombian products will benefit from more favorable preferential duty treatment under the Colombia-Costa Rica free trade agreement, including ceramic products, tires, brassieres, swimwear, and babies’ clothing. In addition, the two sides have agreed to implement a more flexible origin rule for skin washing products and organic preparations.
[Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Tourism]

Beef exports could resume after clean health bill
Colombia has been certified by the World Organization for Animal Health as free of foot-and-mouth disease a mere five months after suffering an outbreak. As a result, Colombia hopes to resume its exports of beef to Chile, Curacao, Peru, and Russia, which were halted following the outbreak. Colombia is currently authorized to export beef to Angola, Belarus, Cuba, Egypt, Georgia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Lebanon, and the United Arab Emirates.
[Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Tourism]

Allocation procedures for Colombia-Canada FTA TRQs for pork, beef, and beans
Colombia has announced the allocation procedures for the following tariff-rate quotas for imports claiming preferential duty treatment in 2018 under the Colombia-Canada free trade agreement.

– 6,050 metric tons for pork classified under HTSCO 0203.11.0000, 0203.12.0000, 0203.19.1000, 0203.19.2000, 0203.19.3000, 0203.19.9000, 0203.21.0000, 0203.22.0000, 0203.29.1000, 0203.29.2000, 0203.29.3000, 0203.29.9000, 0206.30.0000, 0206.41.0000, 0206.90.0000, 0210.12.0000, and 0210.19.0000
[Resolution 408/2017]

– 2,118 metric tons for fine cuts of beef classified under HTSCO 0201.20.0000A, 0202.20.0000A, 0201.30.0010, and 0202.30.0010
– 2,118 metric tons for industrial cuts of beef classified under HTSCO 0201.10.0000, 0201.20.0000B, 0201.30.0090, 0202.10.0000, 0202.20.0000B, and 0202.30.0090
– 2,118 metric tons for edible offal of bovine animals classified under HTSCO 0206.10.0000, 0206.21.0000, 0206.22.0000, 0206.29.0000, 0504.00.1000, 0504.00.2000, and 0504.00.3000
[Resolution 409/2017]

– 4,840 metric tons for beans classified under HTSCO 0713.32.9000, 0713.33.9100, 0713.33.9200, 0713.33.9900, and 0713.39.9900
[Resolution 410/2017]

Preliminary AD determination on Chinese cotton woven fabrics
Colombia has established for a period of six months from Nov. 27 a minimum FOB price of US$4.63 per ton in its ongoing AD investigation of Chinese cotton woven denim fabrics and certain other cotton woven fabrics.
[Resolution 205/2017]

Mexico

Sixth round of discussions completed on modernizing FTA with EU
Negotiators reportedly made progress in areas such as market access for goods, services, government procurement, the investment court system, and sustainable development. Discussions also took place on energy and raw materials as well as anti-corruption issues. The European Commission said it remains “highly committed to reaching the ambitious goal of politically concluding a highly ambitious deal before the end of this year.” Negotiators will next meet in Brussels the week of Dec. 18.
[European Commission’s Trade Directorate]

Peru

Imports of canned fish from China banned
The ban, imposed after the discovery of parasites in cans that reached the Peruvian market, will remain in force until China’s health authority demonstrates that it can guarantee the safety of the products.
[Andina]

Uruguay

Agreement on meat traceability signed with China
The agreement allows the implementation of a commercial traceability platform through a certification process that ensures and preserves the identity of meat products during production, processing, and distribution.
[Prensa Latina]

Region

Mercosur-South Korea FTA negotiations advance 
[Telam]