ANNOUNCEMENT 25 Aug 2020
The government of Brazil added new products to the list of ex-tarifários subject to duty-free imports, while at the same time, it eliminated several products from this list restoring the import duties on the affected goods.
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Official Gazette of Brazil: Diário Oficial da União. Órgão: Ministério da Economia/Câmara de Comércio Exterior/Comitê-Executivo de Gestão. Resoluçao No 79 de 25 de agosto de 2020. Available at: https://www.in.gov.br/web/dou/-/resolucao-gecex-n-79-de-25-de-agosto-de-2020-274388429
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
WTO Tariff Download facility, http://tariffdata.wto.org
On 25 August 2020, the Brazilian Foreign Trade Chamber (Camex) issued Resolution No. 79 eliminating the import tariffs on 19 IT and telecommunications products enclosed in 12 eight-digits tariff lines. In addition, 3 ex-trifários were added to previous regulation also leading to the elimination of their import duties.
According to the WTO database, previous applicable duties ranged between 2% and 15.2% depending on the product.
The list of capital goods announced in the new regulation is added to the list adopted in February via Resolution Nº 15, hence the application period of these legislations are linked (please, see related state acts).
Resolution No. 79 entered into force on 1 September 2020 and applies until 31 December 2021.
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. 78 that reduces the tariff on capital goods (see related state act). Both resolutions produce 217 ex-tarifários.
Resolution No. 79 issued by the Brazilian Foreign Trade Chamber (Camex) on 25 August 2020, also eliminated 5 IT and Telecommunications products from the ex-tarifário regime. The change introduced lead to an increase in the import duties applicable to the affected products.
According to the information available in the WTO database, the new applicable duties increased from 0% to values ranging between 4.4% and 14% depending on the product.
Resolution No. 79 entered into force on 1 September 2020.