13 April 2018
Argentina Amends Import Licencing Provisions, Broadens Heavy Metal Certification Exemptions, Sets Requirements for Aluminium Products
Argentina has issued an updated list of imported products subject to non-automatic licencing in order to correct certain inadvertent errors and further simplify and facilitate import operations. The updated list includes a broad range of products, such as textiles, apparel, footwear and various other consumer goods.
In a separate action, Argentina has exempted various plates, sheets, film, foil and strip of plastics of heading 3920; paper, paperboard, cartons, boxes, cases, sacks, bags and certain other items of headings 4811 and 4819; registers, account books, notebooks, order books, receipt books, letter pads, memorandum pads, diaries and similar articles of heading 4820; certain newspapers, journals and periodicals of heading 4902; transfers (decalcomanias) of heading 4908; and certain aluminium foil of heading 7607 from the heavy metal certification requirements of Resolution 453/2010 and Resolution 685/2015.
Additionally, new mandatory standards have been issued for alloy and non-alloy aluminium bars and extruded profiles, including articles intended for the construction sector. Subject merchandise will be required to comply with the requirements of standards IRAM 681, 687 and 729, meet certain marking/labelling requirements and undergo conformity certification.
With regard to marking/labelling, the body of the aluminium product or its primary packaging must include alloy information (in accordance with IRAM 681) and temper information (in accordance with IRAM 729), as well as the name and/or brand of the producer and/or importer, the country of origin and the applicable safety seal. Subject merchandise must undergo conformity assessment in accordance with certification systems 4, 5 or 7. Importers of subject merchandise will be required beginning on 20 July 2018 to submit proof of the initiation of the certification process and conformity assessment certificates will be required from 22 March 2019.