ANNOUNCEMENT 25 May 2011In May 2011, the government of Argentina announced a change in import duties.
NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS
Resoluci?n General 3111 of 17 May 2011, published in Official Gazette of 24 May 2011: http://www.infoleg.gob.ar/infolegInternet/anexos/180000-184999/182482/norma.htm
Managed Exports and the Recovery of World Trade: The 7th GTA Report (Chapter 4, p. 55): http://www.globaltradealert.org/managed-exports-7th-gta-report
2014 National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers (pp. 20-21): http://www.ustr.gov/about-us/press-office/reports-and-publications/2014-NTE-Report
On May 25, 2011, the Government of Argentina adopted General Resolution 3111/2011 increasing the reference prices applicable to the importation of certain type of frames and mountings for spectacles, corrective spectacles, and sunglasses originating in certain Asian locations.
The products subject to this measure are classified under the following tariff lines of MERCOSUR's Harmonized System: 9003.11.00, 9003.19.10, 9003.19.90, 9004.10.00 and 9004.90.10.
The reference prices have been increased from values ranging from USD 0.94 to USD 15.47 per unit to values ranging between USD 1.31 and USD 21.44 per unit, depending on the characteristics of the product.
These reference prices entered into force on May 26, 2011.
Argentina introduced reference values of precautionary nature forimported goods in June2005(inSpanish:valorescriteriodecarácterpreventivo).Thestatedpurpose is tostrengthencustomscontrolandpreventunder-invoicing. Importersarerequired toprovideguaranteesfor thedifferenceindutiesandtaxesifthedeclaredpriceofanimport islowerthanitsreferenceprice(see 7th GTA Report and 2014 National Trade Estimate Report).A list with all current import reference prices can be consulted under:www.afip.gov.ar/aduana/valoracion/valores.criterios.pdf
On July 4, 2011, the government modified General Resolution 3111 (please, see related state acts).