ANNOUNCEMENT 02 May 2018
The Government of Brazil changed the import duties on 215 capital goods.
NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS
Brazilian Foreign Trade Council. Câmara de Comércio Exterior. Resolução 31 de 2 de Maio de 2018. Available at: http://www.camex.gov.br/component/content/article/62-resolucoes-da-camex/em-vigor/2017-resolucao-n-31-de-02-de-maio-de-2018
WTO. (26 July 2013). Trade Policy Review, Report by the Secretariat, Brazil. Report prepared for the sixth Trade Policy Review of Brazil. Document WT/TPR/S/283/Rev., p. 53, para. 3.38
Available at: https://www.wto.org/english/tratop_e/tpr_e/s283_e.pdf
Brazilian Foreign Trade Chamber. Câmara de Comércio Exterior. Resolução 134, de 22 de Dezembro de 2016 (published in the Official Gazette on December 23, 2016). Available at: http://www.camex.itamaraty.gov.br/component/content/article/62-resolucoes-da-camex/em-vigor/1774-resolucao-n-134-de-22-de-dezembro-de-2016
On 2 May 2018, the Brazilian Foreign Trade Chamber (Camex) issued Resolution No. 31 eliminating the import tariffs on 214 capital goods enclosed in 109 eight-digits tariff lines. According to the WTO database, previous duties ranged between 3.5% and 16% depending on the product. These values apply until 31 December 2018 and 2019, depending on the product.
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 Camex Resolution No. 30 that reduces the tariff on IT and telecommunications products (see related state act). Both resolutions produce 239 ex-tarifários.
Resolution No. 31 issued on 2 May 2018 by the Brazilian Foreign Trade Chamber (Camex) also partly revocated the import tariff reduction announced on Resolution 134 of 22 December 2016. In particular, the new intervention revocated the import duty reduction applied on NCM 8412.29.00. As a consequence, according to the information provided by the WTO import tariff database, the import duty will be increased from 2% to 14%.
This decision is to be implemented on 1 June 2018.