Venezuela: Import ban on energy intensive consumer goods
On 3 November 2009, the government of Venezuela announced an import ban to certain equipment classified as too energy intensive. According to the specifications of the Venezuelan Gazette certain air conditioners, refrigerators, freezers and water chillers may no longer be imported. The import ban concerns new as well as used products.
Already imported products in the given categories must be sold before 30 June 2010.
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: 3 Nov 2009
GTA Evaluation: Red
Gaceta Oficial. (3 November 2009). Ministerios del poder popular para el comercio, para la energia electrica y para la ciencia, tecnologia, e industrias intermedias, p.372.729. Available at http://www.tsj.gov.ve/gaceta/Noviembre/3112009/3112009.pdf