ANNOUNCEMENT 27 Mar 2018
The government of Brazil temporarily reduced the import tariff on viscose rayon for a certain quota.
NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS
Brazilian Foreign Trade Council. Câmara de Comércio Exterior. Resolução 17, de 27 de Março de 2018. Available at: http://www.camex.gov.br/component/content/article/62-resolucoes-da-camex/em-vigor/1997-resolucao-n-17-de-27-de-marco-de-2018
On March 27, 2018, the Brazilian Foreign Trade Chamber (Camex) issued Resolution No. 17 reducing to 2% the import tariff on viscose rayon (NCM 5504.10.00) for a quota of 40,000 tonnes. The applicable import duty outside the quota is 12%. This new import tariff-rate quota applies for twelve months.
A previous similar import tariff quota on the same good was extinguished on March 8, 2018 (please, see related state acts).
This import duty reduction was done in the context of the Mercosur Decision CMC no. 26/15 and this tariff line is enclosed in the List of Exceptions to the Common External Tariff (LETEC).
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. LETEC 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 LETEC of 100 codes based on the NCM until 31 December 2021.