ANNOUNCEMENT 20 Jun 2012
On 20 June 2012, the Brazilian Foreign Trade Council (Camex) added six new products to the Brazilian List of Exceptions to the Mercosur Common External Tariff (LETEC). The following goods from the Mercosur Common Nomenclature (NCM) code have been affected by the measure:
NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS
Ministry of Development, Industry and Trade (MDIC) press release of 20 June 2013 (in Portuguese): http://www.mdic.gov.br/sitio/interna/noticia.php?area=1¬icia=11622
Camex resolution no. 40 of 19 June 2012, Official Gazette of 20 June 2012, p. 22 (in Portuguese): http://pesquisa.in.gov.br/imprensa/jsp/visualiza/index.jsp?jornal=1&pagina=22&data=20/06/2012
Updated LETEC, Camex resolution no. 94 of 8 December 2011, originally published in Official Gazette of 12 December 2011 (in Portuguese): http://www.camex.gov.br/legislacao/interna/id/921
Ministry of Industry, Foreign Trade and Services of Brazil. Ministério da Industria, Comércio Exterior e Serviços. Lista de Exceções à TEC. Available at: http://www.mdic.gov.br/legislacao/9-assuntos/categ-comercio-exterior/391-certificado-form-61
Tariff reduction: Toluene diisocyanate, also TDI, (NCM 2929.10.21), duty reduction from 14% to 2%.
List of Exceptions to the Common External Tariff
The tariff codes were included in the List of Exceptions to the Common External Tariff (LETEC) of Mercosur, which is a mechanism that allows member states of Mercosur to apply customs duties that are lower or higher than otherwise listed in the Mercosur Common External Tariff schedule.
However, the tariffs shall not surpass the ceilings given by the WTO. Mercosur Decision CMC no. 26/15 gives Brazil the right to maintain a list of 100 codes based on the Mercosur Common Nomenclature until 31 December 2021.
Tariff increase: Coconut without its shell (NCM 0801.11.10), duty increase from 10% to 55% (increase starts on 1 September 2012) Motor graders (NCM 8429.20.10), duty increase from 0% to 35% Motor graders (NCM 8429.20.90), duty increase from 14% to 35% Backhoes (NCM 8429.59.00), duty increase from 14% to 35% Bricks (NCM 6902.10.18), duty increase from 10% to 35% Until 31 December 2015, Mercosur allows Brazil to introduce tariff exceptions which are limited to a quota of 100 different NCM codes. Those codes have either a lower or higher tariff than the Mercosur Common External Tariff and are laid out in Camex resolution no. 94/2011, Annex II. Due to the maximum number of 100 NCM codes, Brazil had to drop three product lines from the list. These goods went back to its original Mercosur Common External Tariff : Film material (NCM 3701.10.29), duty increase from 8% to 14% X-ray films (NCM 3702.10.20), duty increase from 4% to 14% Sulfuric acid (NCM 2807.00.10), duty increase from 0% to 4% (excluded from 1 September 2012 on)