ANNOUNCEMENT 03 Jul 2020
The Trade Commission of MERCOSUR has adopted new regulation allowing Argentina to set a temporary tariff-rate quota on urinary catheters.
NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS
MERCOSUR. Comisión de Comercio. Directiva Nº 33/20. Available at: https://normas.mercosur.int/simfiles/normativas/78321_DIR_033-2020_ES_Acciones%20Puntuales%20Ambito%20Arancelario_NCM%209018.39.29%20AR.pdf
WTO Tariff Download facility, http://tariffdata.wto.org (Downloaded on 6 April 2020).
On 3 July 2020, the Trade Commission of MERCOSUR has adopted Directive 33/20 allowing Argentina to establish a temporary 2% import duty on urinary catheters classified under tariff subheading NCM 9018.39.29. The new duty applies to a quota of 6,000,000 units.
Previously to this legislation, no tariff rate quota applied to this product.
According to the WTO tariff download facility, the applicable import tariff outside the quota is 12.9%.
Directive 33/20 only applies to Argentina for a period of 12 months.
Since 2014, all Directives adopted by the MERCOSUR concerning import tariff quotas adopted under the policy framework established by Resolution GMC 08/08 are adopted by a simplified procedure not requiring its publication on the Official Gazette.