Brazil: tariff increase on prepared or preserved sardines and on jute
On June 2nd, 2010, the Brazilian government announced tariff increases on the ad-valorem import duty for prepared or preserved sardines from 16% to 32% and for jute from 0% to 8% . These products are classified respectively under the codes 1604.13.10 and 5303.10.10 of the Mercosur Common Nomenclature (NCM), respectively.
The average bound tariff of the products concerned is 35%.
It is important to note that the product 5303.10.10 (jute) was on the Brazilian list of exceptions of the Common External Tariff of Mercosur, and now is back to its original rate.
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?||No|
|Is there any evidence that alternatives to the proposed measure were considered?||No|
|Is there anything in the public record that suggests that empirical evidence informed the comparison across the alternatives available to government?||No|
|Was such evidence identified?||No|
|Is such evidence publicly available?||No|
|Did the official decision-maker in question provide an explanation as to why a chosen measure was favoured over alternatives?||No|
|Is there any evidence to suggest that potentially affected trading partners were consulted before the measures were taken?||No|
|Is there any evidence that safeguards have been put in place to ensure that implementation of the initiative is transparent and non-discriminatory?||No|
|Did the government state its intention to review the measure within one year of implementation?||No|
Date Discovered: 03/06/2010
Date of inception: 2 Jun 2010
GTA Evaluation: Red
CAMEX Resolution nº 39, from June 2nd, 2010 - http://www.mdic.gov.br/arquivos/dwnl_1275666014.pdf
Government Response: The government issued the measure