ANNOUNCED AS TEMPORARYYes
On 12 September 2019, the Special Secretary for International Trade and Foreign Affairs of Brazil has adopted Ordinance No. 2023 eliminating temporarily the import tariffs on 34 IT and telecommunications goods represented by 24 eight-digit tariff lines.
According to the WTO database, previous duties ranged between 5% and 16% depending on the product.
The new import duty has entered into force on 18 September 2019 and applies until 31 December 2020.
The tariffs were reduced under Brazil's ex-tarifário regime, which allows temporary customs duty exceptions under the Mercosur Common External Tariff on capital and IT goods. Such an exception can be invoked in case the good in question has no domestically produced equivalent. The goal of this is to restructure Brazil's industrial park and infrastructure services (see WTO Trade Policy Review).
The measure was additionally introduced simultaneously with Ordinance No. 2024 that reduces the tariff on capital goods (see related state act). Both resolutions produce 532 ex-tarifários.
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