Argentina: Reference prices on imports of rubber balloons from Brazil, China, and other countries.
On February 9, 2012, the Government of Argentina adopted reference prices applicable to the importation of certain type of rubber balloons for entertainment, including magic tricks and practical jokes, from Brazil and China, among others.
In accordance with the Argentinean legislation, once a reference price is established, when a good subject to such prices is imported at a lower cost, the importer shall guarantee the difference between the reference price and the value declared at customs.
The product subject to this measure is classified under the following tariff lines of the MERCOSUR’s Harmonized System: 9505.90.00.
These reference prices entered into force on February 9, 2012.
Any Evidence-Based Deliberation:
|Is there anything in the public record to suggest that evidence of the effectiveness of the proposed measure was considered during official deliberations?|
|Is there any evidence that alternatives to the proposed measure were considered?|
|Is there anything in the public record that suggests that empirical evidence informed the comparison across the alternatives available to government?|
|Was such evidence identified?|
|Is such evidence publicly available?|
|Did the official decision-maker in question provide an explanation as to why a chosen measure was favoured over alternatives?|
|Is there any evidence to suggest that potentially affected trading partners were consulted before the measures were taken?|
|Is there any evidence that safeguards have been put in place to ensure that implementation of the initiative is transparent and non-discriminatory?|
|Did the government state its intention to review the measure within one year of implementation?|
Date Discovered: 09/02/2012
Date of inception: 9 Feb 2012
GTA Evaluation: Red
Resolución General 3266 available at: http://www.iqom.com.mx/documents/0212/DOF%209%20feb%201.doc