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Paraguay Import Regs.: Customs Code

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Paraguay Import Regs.: Customs Code

Postby bridgat » Tue Nov 18, 2008 6:32 am

On July 13, 2004, the GOP passed Law #2422 establishing the new Customs Code governing foreign trade. On January 6, 2005, the regulatory structure was established through Decree #4672. The regulations cover virtual all aspects of the trade rules that are in use by the Government of Paraguay. These legal structures should be consulted by a Paraguayan importer to ensure all documents and registrations are complied with to facilitate the entry of goods and services.

The new Customs Code includes the requirement that all importers register with the National Customs Directorate. This requirement was previously contained in Resolution No. 239/00. Importers that have registered their companies through the SOFIA computerized system are exempted from this requirement. Resolution No. 1/02 of 7 January 2002. In order to register, importing companies must be entered in the trade register with a business registration certificate (Matrícula de Comerciante). There are simplified procedures for imports effected under the maquila or other special regimes.

Appeal to the Customs Administrator

All claims by importers (including disagreements regarding product classification or valuation or the payment of taxes) have to be addressed to the Customs Administrator before the goods leave the customs warehouses and within three working days from the date of notification of the customs operation. Once removal from the customs warehouses has been completed, the only claims that are admissible relate to formal errors, i.e. wrong figures and errors in the text of the customs clearance documents or other evidentiary material. The resolutions issued by the Customs Administrator in open summary proceedings may be appealed to the National Director of Customs within five working days from the date of notification. The National Director of Customs is required to take a decision within a period of 20 working days, which in exceptional circumstances may be extended for a further 20 days. The decisions of the National Director of Customs are appealable to the Court of Audit Department. Law No. 2.422/04 and its Regulatory Decree (No. 4.672/05). According to the authorities, most claims have to do with valuation, classification and rules of origin.
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