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Argentina Prohibited/Restricted Imports

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Argentina Prohibited/Restricted Imports

Postby qszheng_forum » Mon Nov 17, 2008 1:36 pm

Argentina prohibits imports in several product categories (such as vehicles, autoparts and used tyres). Since 1999, an automatic pre-importation licence has been required for all products. Furthermore, some products require a non-automatic import licence or prior authorization for sanitary or phytosanitary, safety (Resolution #91 of 2001 and modifications, including Resolution 185/07 Sicpme, General Resolution 2146 of October 13, 2006 {includes additional HS classifications, not included in other legislation, prohibited entry}, Resolutions 24-25/2007 MEP requiring certification of homologation -- conformity with particular IRAM standards, presumably consistent with ISO standards for certain auto parts/accessories and tires), or environmental protection reasons.

On November 29, 2006 Law 26.184 was put into force by the GOA, which subsequently issued Resolution 14/2007 in January 2007 to established the modalities for enforcing the prohibition on the import, production, distribution of batteries or self powered cells that contained the following percentages of hazardous metals: 0.0005% by weight of mercury; 0.015% by weight of cadmium; and 0.2000 by weight of lead. This Resolution takes immediate effect as of February 1, 2007.

The members of Mercosur adopted the Mercosur Working Group Resolution #15/05 and Argentina implemented along with Brazil a prohibition on specific food additives enumerated in each countries specific legislation, such as Argentina's Joint Resolutions 108/2007 and 12/2007.

The GOA issued AFIP General Resolution 2146/06 on October 13, 2006, that modifies and extends previously issued Resolutions concerning prohibited imports. This Resolution provides a list of items and the specific legislation for each item that offers an explanation of the prohibition.

The list of goods subject to prohibitions has been altered several times. Prohibitions in force at May 2006 are listed below:

Product Reason Legal basis
Absolute prohibitions
Used accumulators for metal recovery Environmental protection Law No. 23.922 of 21 March 1991 and Law No. 24.051 of 17 December 1991
Sewage sludge for use as fertilizer Environmental protection Law No. 24.051 of 17 December 1991 and Decree No. 181/1992 of 24 January 1992
Ash from combustion furnaces Environmental protection Law No. 23.922 of 21 March 1991 and Law No. 24.051 of 17 December 1991
Paper waste, unclassified and with high plastic content Environmental protection Decree No. 181/92 of 24 January 1992, Law No. 24.051 of 17 December 1991 and Regulatory Decree No. 831/1993 of 23 April 1993
Private wireless telephony equipment, operating at a frequency above 1,880 MHz but no higher than 1,900 MHz To prevent harmful interference with duly authorized services Secretariat of Trade Resolution No. 1994 of 13 October 1999
Narcotics, precursors and psychotropic substances (i.e. goods listed in Annex III, and goods defined as medicines based on narcotics and psychotropic substances, except in quantities that are strictly necessary for medical and scientific research and clinical experiments with narcotics, performed under Health Authority supervision and inspection) Health protection ANA Resolutions Nos. 2017/93 and 543/95

Medical materials that are obsolete, unusable or expired Health and environmental protection Decree No. 181/92 of 24 January 1992
Substandard plastic materials and second-hand manufactures Health and environmental protection Decree No. 181/92 of 24 January 1992
Used motorcycles and mopeds (line 8711) Safety; protection of the consumer and the domestic industry MEOSP Resolution No. 790 of 29 June 1992
Retreads and used tyres of tariff headings 4012.10.00 and 4012.20.00 Safety; protection of the consumer and the environment Law No. 25.626 of 8 August 2002
Pesticides that are prohibited in their places of origin Environmental protection Law No. 24.051 of 17 December 1991 and Law No. 23.922 of 21 March 1991
Wine products in bottles of a capacity exceeding 5 litres To preserve the identity of wine products in each State Party MERCOSUR Resolution No. 45/96 of 21 June 1996 and Resolution No. C 22/2002 of the National Wine Institute of 14 August 2002, incorporating MERCOSUR Resolution No. 12/2002 (MERCOSUR Wine Regulation)
Hazardous residues, scrap or waste material Environmental protection Law No. 24.051 of 17 January 1992; Decree No. 181/1992 of 24 January 1992
Used automobiles and autoparts Safety; protection of the consumer and the domestic industry Decree No. 110 of 15 February 1999
Relative prohibitions
Used articles of clothing of tariff headings NCM 6309.00.10, 6309.00.90 Health protection MEP Resolution No. 367 of 30 June 2005 (prohibition extended until 30 June 2010)
Used machinery, instruments, appliances, parts thereof and transport material (NCM chapters 84- 90), except parts and/or components of goods that have been rebuilt by their original manufacturer, with a certificate of guarantee issued by the manufacturer To increase the efficiency, productivity and quality of Argentina's industrial output of production and consumer goods MEOSP Resolution No. 909 of 29 July 1994 (as amended)

Source: WTO

On April 27, 2001 the Ministries of Public Health and Labor jointly issued Decree 437 which prohibited the import of products containing PCBs. This Decree was published in the Boletin Oficial (equivalent to the Federal Register in the US) on May 4, 2001, but implementation regulations were not issued until July 2007.
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