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Uruguay Import Regs.: Licenses

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Uruguay Import Regs.: Licenses

Postby bridgat » Tue Nov 18, 2008 7:17 am

On June 27, 2003, the Uruguayan Customs issued Communique #5/2003 and, subsequently modified by Decree 251/05 issued August 15, 2005, requiring a prior import license and special customs review procedures for all imports in HS Chapter #64.


Product Requirements and characteristics Legal basis
Oils (NCM 1507.90.11.00, 1507.90.19.00, 1512.19.11.00, 1512.19.19.00, 1515.29.10.00, 1515.29.90.00, 1515.90.00.19, 1515.90.00.99, 1517.90.10.00 and 1517.90.90.00) National Directorate of Industry (DNI) automatic import licensing regime for price control purposes (in effect since November 2001) Decree No. 275/001 of 17 July 2001a
Refined sugar for industrial use Automatic import licensing regime intended, inter alia, to protect raw sugar processing firms in accordance with Decree No. 388/00 (in effect since January 2003).
In order to obtain a licence and be eligible for the tariff exemption, firms must register with the LATU, which checks the final use of the sugar. Licences may only be requested by industrial firms. The maximum volume per request corresponds to expected consumption for 90 days. Decree No. 388/000 of 27 December 2000 and Resolution S/NRO/001 of 23 February 2001a
Footwear DNI automatic import licensing regime for statistical purposes. Decrees No. 265/001 of 11 July 2001, No. 342/002 of 29 August 2002 and No. 251/005 of 15 August 2005a
Certain textiles DNI automatic import licensing regime for statistical purposes (in effect since February 2001). Decree No. 394/000 of 27 December 2000a; Decree No. 520/001 of 28 December 2001
Paper for publishing (NCM 4801.10.00.00) DNI automatic import licensing regime for the purpose of benefits. Licences may only be requested by publishing companies that can prove that the paper is to be used for publishing. Decree No. 218/996 of 12 June 1996a
Products of the automotive industry DNI automatic import licensing regime for the purpose of fiscal incentives (in effect since 1970). The DNI is responsible for verifying the import price of the vehicles. Decrees No. 128/70 of 13 March 1970, No. 473/70 of 1 October 1970, No. 727/91 of 30 December 1991, No. 316/92 of 7 July 1992, No. 340/96 of 28 August 1996, No. 60/99 of 3 March 1999, No. 273/99 of 10 September 1999 and No. 332/02 of 22 August 2002a
Capital goods During the period under review, certificates were required for capital goods not produced within MERCOSUR in order to obtain tariff concessions. Nevertheless, imports were allowed without a licence. Decrees No. 479/82 of 27 December 1982, No. 487/83 of 29 December 1983 and No. 279/01 of 17 July 2001b
New tyres for automobiles, lorries and buses During the period under review, non-automatic licences were required for quality control purposes. Non-automatic licences for the import of tyres required prior certification of product quality by the LATU. Decree No. 349/98 of 25 November 1998b
Imports from free zones Between 8 April and 1 June 2002, for statistical purposes, automatic import licences were required by the Directorate-General of Trade for imports from free zones. Decree No. 112/002 of 1 April 2002 and Decree No. 189/002 of 27 May 2002
Arms and explosives Prior authorization from the Ministry of National Defence required for security purposes. Decree-Law No. 10.415 of 13 February 1943; Decree No. 2605 of 7 October 1943; Decree No. 91 of 24 February 1993
Precursors, chemical products and solvents Prior authorization from the Ministry of Public Health required in order to combat drug abuse. Decree No. 196 of 23 July 1998 and Decree No. 391 of 10 October 2002
Radioactive material or equipment generating ionizing radiation. Prior authorization required from the National Atomic Energy Commission in order to protect the environment. Decree No. 519 of 21 November 1984
Halons, halon mixtures or goods containing halons. Prior authorization required from the Ministry of Housing, Land Management and the Environment (MVOTMA) in order to protect the environment. Decree No. 308 of 29 June 1994
Equipment or manufactures containing or requiring substances appearing in Annexes "A" and "B" to the Montreal Protocol. Prior authorization required from the MVOTMA in order to protect the environment. As of 1 March 2008, the manufacture, introduction, import or export of substances included in Annexes "A" and "B" to the Montreal Protocol will be banned. Decree No. 345 of 23 September 2004
Table III.9 (cont'd)

Alien biological control agents capable of reproduction for the purposes of research or for release into the field in biological control activities as well as those used as biological pesticides. Prior authorization required from the MGAP in order to protect the environment. Decree No. 144 of 3 June 1998
Marine turtles CITES certificate for the protection of wild fauna. Decree No. 144 of 3 June 1998
Marine mammals listed in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) CITES certificate for the protection of wild fauna. Decree No. 238 of 2 September 1998

Source: WTO

All licence applications are processed and issued in chronological order and there is no specified period for processing them, nor is there any provision for the urgent processing of licence applications. The National Directorate of Industry charges UR 0.2 per licence.

Licences are valid for 60 days, except for those relating to the automotive sector, which are valid for 90 days. There are no penalties for not using all or part of a licence. Licences are not transferable, with the exception of those for sugar, which may be transferred subject to the consent of the DNI (provided that there is no change in the authorized volume or the industrial firm using the input).
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