IMPLEMENTATION LEVEL

National

AFFECTED FLOW

Inflow

ANNOUNCED AS TEMPORARY

No

NON-TRADE-RELATED RATIONALE

No

ELIGIBLE FIRMS

all

JUMBO

No

TARIFF PEAK

No
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Inception date: 10 Mar 2011 | Removal date: open ended
Still in force

Trade balancing measure

On March 10th, 2011, the Argentinean Ministry of Industry announced that imports of cars and inputs used by local car producers will be limited to the value of local production that they export. According to the Government, the restriction is aimed at reducing the increasing trade deficit in the sector. Imports originating in MERCOSUR and Mexico will be exempted from the restriction.
The measure was made known during a meeting of governmental officers with top representatives of the automotive industry, and will not be laid down in any regulation or written instrument, other than the meeting's press release.
In order to get the necessary import permits, each car producer will have to submit a sworn statement in which it will set forth its exports plans, and get the approval of the Ministry of Industry.
By April 2011, most car producer, including Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, PSA Peugeot-Citröen and Alfa Romeo had concluded agreements with the Government, in which they committed to reduce their respective trade deficit by balancing exports and imports. Firms that do not have local car production undertook to export goods other than cars or auto parts. Such was the case of Alfa Romeo and Porsche, which pledged to export biofuel and wines, respectively.

AFFECTED COUNTRIES

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AFFECTED SECTORS AND PRODUCTS

444 Machinery for mining, quarrying & construction; parts
8704 Motor vehicles for the transport of goods.
870410 Dumpers designed for offhighway use
491 Motor vehicles, trailers & semi-trailers; parts
8703 Motor cars and other motor vehicles principally designed for the transport of persons (other than those of heading 87.02), including station wagons and racing cars.
870321 Of a cylinder capacity not exceeding 1,000 cc
870322 Of a cylinder capacity exceeding 1,000 cc but not exceeding 1,500 cc
870323 Of a cylinder capacity exceeding 1,500 cc but not exceeding 3,000 cc
870324 Of a cylinder capacity exceeding 3,000 cc
870331 Of a cylinder capacity not exceeding 1,500 cc
870332 Of a cylinder capacity exceeding 1,500 cc but not exceeding 2,500 cc
870333 Of a cylinder capacity exceeding 2,500 cc
8704 Motor vehicles for the transport of goods.
870421 g.v.w. not exceeding 5 tonnes
870422 g.v.w. exceeding 5 tonnes but not exceeding 20 tonnes
870423 g.v.w. exceeding 20 tonnes
870431 g.v.w. not exceeding 5 tonnes
8706 Chassis fitted with engines, for the motor vehicles of headings 87.01 to 87.05.
870600 Chassis fitted with engines, for the motor vehicles of headings 87.01 to 87.05.
8708 Parts and accessories of the motor vehicles of headings 87.01 to 87.05.
870810 Bumpers and parts thereof
870830 Brakes and servobrakes; parts thereof
870840 Gear boxes and parts thereof
870850 Driveaxles with differential, whether or not provided with other transmission components, and nondriving axles; parts thereof
870870 Road wheels and parts and accessories thereof
870880 Suspension systems and parts thereof (including shock absorbers)
870891 Radiators and parts thereof
870892 Silencers (mufflers) and exhaust pipes; parts thereof
870893 Clutches and parts thereof
870894 Steering wheels, steering columns and steering boxes; parts thereof
870895 Safety airbags with inflater system; parts thereof
870899 Other
492 Motor vehicle bodies; trailers & parts thereof
8707 Bodies (including cabs), for the motor vehicles of headings 87.01 to 87.05.
870790 Other
8708 Parts and accessories of the motor vehicles of headings 87.01 to 87.05.
870821 Safety seat belts
870829 Other

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