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Brazil Modifies Duties on Various Products, Seeks Input on Safeguard Procedures

Brazil recently announced the following changes to the Mercosur common external tariff. As a result, the duties on the following products have either increased or decreased.

  • Artificial waxes and prepared waxes with a hydroxystearyl cetyl ether base classified under NCM 3404.90.22  – duty has fallen from 14 percent to two percent.
  • Reaction initiators, reaction accelerators and catalytic preparations having rare earth oxides as an active substance classified under NCM 3815.90.99  – duty has decreased from four percent to two percent.
  • Caprylic acid classified under NCM 3823.19.10 – duty has risen from two to 14 percent.
  • Copolymer of potassium acrylate and acrylic acid, capable of absorbing distilled water up to 400 times its own weight, classified under NCM 3906.90.49 – duty has declined from 14 percent to two percent.
  • Surface mounted device fixed resistors for a power handling capacity not exceeding 20 watts classified under 8533.21.20 – duty has fallen from 16 percent to two percent.                       

Separately, the duty on certain medicaments containing duloxetine hydrochloride classified under NCM 3004.90.79 has risen from zero to eight percent, while imports of certain dengue vaccines classified under NCM 3002.20.29 will continue to benefit from duty-free treatment. The duty on onions classified under NCM 0703.10.19 has risen from 10 percent previously to 25 percent through 31 December 2018, and will then be lowered to 20 percent during calendar year 2019 and 15 percent from 1 January 2020. In addition, Brazil’s Foreign Trade Chamber (CAMEX) has established tariff-rate quotas on the products listed below.

  • Textile printing inks
    A maximum of 600 tonnes of certain digital inks for textile printing classified under NCM 3215.19.00 will benefit from a reduced duty of two percent for a period of 12 months from 30 December 2017. Out-of-quota merchandise will be subject to a regular MFN rate of 14 percent.
  • PET
    A maximum of 10,000 tonnes of post-condensate polyethylene terephthalate with an intrinsic viscosity no lower than 0.98 dl/g and no higher than 1.10 dl/g, classified under NCM 3907.61.00, will benefit from a reduced two percent duty for a period of 12 months from 30 December 2017. Out-of-quota merchandise will be subject to a regular MFN rate of 14 percent.
  • Nickel Cathodes
    A maximum of 1,350 of nickel cathodes classified under NCM 7502.10.10 will benefit from a reduced duty of two percent for a period of three months from 4 January. Out-of-quota merchandise will be subject to a regular MFN rate of six percent.
  • Dimethylamine
    A maximum of 12,000 tonnes of dimethylamine classified under NCM 2921.11.21 will benefit from a reduced duty of two percent for a period of 12 months from 23 January. Out-of-quota merchandise will be subject to a regular MFN rate of 12 percent.
  • Printing Ink
    A maximum of 350 tonnes of black printing ink for digital textile printing classified under NCM 3215.11.00 will benefit from a two percent duty for a period of 12 months. Out-of-quota merchandise will be subject to a regular MFN rate of 14 percent.
  • Sardines
    A maximum of 50,000 tonnes (25,000 tonnes per quarter) of frozen sardines classified under NCM 0303.53.00 will benefit from duty-free treatment for a period of six months. Out-of-quota merchandise will be subject to a regular MFN rate of 10 percent.
  • Unroasted Malt
    A maximum of 156,531 tonnes of unroasted malt, whole or broken, classified under NCM 1107.10.10, will benefit from a reduced duty of two percent for a period of 12 months. Out-of-quota merchandise will be subject to a regular MFN rate of 14 percent.
  • p-Xilene
    A maximum of 180,000 tonnes of p-Xilene classified under NCM 2902.43.00 will benefit from duty-free treatment for a period of 12 months. Out-of-quota merchandise will be subject to a regular MFN rate of four percent.

Moreover, Brazilian authorities are seeking input from interested parties by 19 January on a proposal to modify the current administrative procedures for safeguard proceedings in accordance with the parameters of the WTO Agreement on Safeguards.

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