Mercosur: temporary increase in tariffs on textiles
By decision 26/09 of the Consejo del Mercado Común, the Mercosur countries have adopted temporary higher import tariffs on a range of textile products.
In total, trade on 157 different tariff lines will be subject to an import tariff of 26 percent, up from 18 percent. The higher tariff will be in place from 31 January 2010.
The Mercosur members Paraguay and Uruguay were given a waiver on the stated measure.
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 of inception: 31 Jan 2010
Duration: 11 months
GTA Evaluation: Red
Secretaria del Mercosur. (2009). Decision 26/2009. Available at http://126.96.36.199/SAM/GestDoc/PubWeb.nsf/OpenFile?OpenAgent&base=SAM\GestDoc\DocOfic0.nsf&id=833FC1C900E9DEE1032576880063097B&archivo=DEC_026-2009_ES_Hilados%20y%20Tejidos.pdf
WTO. (2010). SUMMARY G20 Trade and trade-related measures. Available at http://www.wto.org/english/news_e/news10_e/summary_g20_june10_e.pdf