ANNOUNCEMENT 28 Mar 2020

The Argentine government adopted new legislation imposing export licensing requirements on 29 products in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS

1

  • 1 harmful
  • 0 neutral
  • 0 liberalising

SOURCE

Official Gazette of Argentina. Boletín Oficial de la República Argentina. Nomenclatura Común del Mercosur. Decreto 317/2020. Available at: https://www.boletinoficial.gob.ar/detalleAviso/primera/227235/20200328

InfoLeg. Ministerio de Desarrollo Productivo. Resolución 140/2020. Available at: http://servicios.infoleg.gob.ar/infolegInternet/anexos/335000-339999/336123/norma.htm

Official Gazette of Argentina. Diario Oficial de la República Argentina. Nomenclatura Común del MERCOSUR. Decreto 617/2020. Avaialble at: https://www.boletinoficial.gob.ar/detalleAviso/primera/232553/20200727?busqueda=1

Official Gazette of Argentina. Boletín Oficial de la República Argentina. Nomenclatura Común del Mercosur. Decreto 625/2020. Available at: https://www.boletinoficial.gob.ar/detalleAviso/primera/232758/20200730?busqueda=1

InfoLeg. Emergencia Sanitaria. Decreto DNU 167/2021. Available at: http://servicios.infoleg.gob.ar/infolegInternet/anexos/345000-349999/347809/norma.htm

Inception date: 29 Mar 2020 | Removal date: 31 Dec 2021

Export licensing requirement

On 28 March 2020, the Executive of Argentina adopted Decree 317/2020 approving the establishment of export licensing requirements on 29 products related to medical equipment and medicines in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Among the products affected by the new measures are disinfectants, ethyl alcohol, paracetamol, surgical rubber and other rubber gloves, protective garments, face masks and ventilators.

Previously to the approval of Decree 317/2020, none of the affected products was subject to export licensing requirements.

The changes introduced to confront the COVID-19 outbreak sums up to other measures approved earlier this month (please, see related state acts).

The new regulation entered into force on 29 March 2020 and applies until 11 March 2021.

 

Update
On 7 April 2020, the Ministry of Productive Development of Argentina adopted Resolution 140/2020 stating that companies wishing to apply for an export license for ventilators, had to be registered under the Sigle Register of the Ministry of Production (i.e. Registro Único del Ministerio de Producción in Spanish) as well as in the "TAD" platform. In addition, the new regulation states that the license granted for this product will be valid for 30 days.

On 27 July 2020, the Executive of Argentina adopted Decree 617/2020 substituting the list of medical products subject to export licenses. As a consequence of the changes introduced, 6 products were eliminated from the list adopted via Decree 317/2020. The affected tariff lines were 2827.49.21, 2905.12.10, 2905.12.20, 3923.30.00 and 9018.12.90. On the other hand, new products were inserted into the list, making them subject to export licensing requirements (please, see related state acts).

On 30 July 2020, the Argentine government adopted Decree 625/2020 removing ventilators parts from the list of goods subject to export licensing requirements.

On 11 March 2021, the Executive of Argentina adopted Decree 167/2021 extending until 31 December 2021 the Sanitary Emergency. As a consequence, the legislation adopted in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic with a termination date linked to the end of the Sanitary Emergency has been effectively extended.

On 30 April 2021, the Executive of Argentina adopted Decree 286/2021 adding new products to the list of medical goods subject to temporary export licenses and adopted via Decree 317/2020 (see related state acts).