ANNOUNCEMENT 05 Oct 2018

The Brazilian government temporarily eliminated the import duties on 12 IT and telecommunications products.

NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS

1

  • 0 harmful
  • 0 neutral
  • 1 liberalising

SOURCE

Brazilian Foreign Trade Council. Câmara de Comércio Exterior. Resolução 72 de 5 de Outubro de 2018. Available at: http://www.camex.gov.br/component/content/article/62-resolucoes-da-camex/em-vigor/2107-resolucao-no-72-de-05-de-outubro-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

Inception date: 05 Oct 2018 | Removal date: 30 Jun 2020

Import tariff

On 5 October 2018, the Brazilian Foreign Trade Chamber (Camex) issued Resolution No. 72 eliminating the import tariffs on 12 IT and telecommunications products represented by 9 eight-digit tariff lines. According to the WTO database, previous duties ranged between 5.7% and 14% depending on the product. These values apply until 30 June 2020. 

Ex-tarifário regime
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. 73 that reduces the tariff on capital goods (see related state act). Both resolutions produce 335 ex-tarifários.

Update
On 19 May 2020, the Brazilian Foreign Trade Chamber (Camex) issued Resolution No. 48 revoking the application of the 0% import duty on tariff lines 8471.60.52 and 8471.60.53 starting on 23 May 2020 (please, see related state acts).