ANNOUNCEMENT 28 Dec 2016
The Government of Brazil temporarily increased the import tariffs on wood pulp and established a new import tariff on LED lamps.
NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS
Brazilian Foreign Trade Chamber. Câmara de Comércio Exterior. Resolução 137, de 29 de Dezembro de 2016 (published in the Official Gazette on December 30, 2016). Available at: http://www.camex.itamaraty.gov.br/component/content/article/62-resolucoes-da-camex/em-vigor/1775-resolucao-n-137-de-28-de-dezembro-de-2016
Ministry of Industry, Foreign Trade and Services of Brazil. Ministério da Industria, Comércio Exterior e Serviços. Lista de Exceções à TEC. Available at: http://www.mdic.gov.br/legislacao/9-assuntos/categ-comercio-exterior/391-certificado-form-61
Brazilian Foreign Trade Council. Câmara de Comércio Exterior. Resolução 82, de 25 de Outubro de 2018. Available at: http://www.camex.gov.br/component/content/article/62-resolucoes-da-camex/em-vigor/2128-resolucao-n-82-de-25-de-outubro-de-2018
On December 29, 2016, the Brazilian Foreign Trade Chamber (Camex) issued Resolution No. 137 modifying the import tariff code. The new law increased from 4% to 14% the import duty for twenty-four months on wood pulp (NCM 4703.21.00). In addition, it established a new import tariff set at 18% FOB value on LED lamps (NCM 8539.50.00 under HS 2017).
List of Exceptions to the Common External Tariff
The tariff codes were included in the List of Exceptions to the Common External Tariff (LETEC) of Mercosur, which is a mechanism that allows member states of Mercosur to apply customs duties that are lower or higher than otherwise listed in the Mercosur Common External Tariff schedule.
However, the tariffs shall not surpass the ceilings given by the WTO. Mercosur Decision CMC no. 26/15 gives Brazil the right to maintain a list of 100 codes based on the Mercosur Common Nomenclature until 31 December 2021.