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Brazil Modifies Duties on Various Products

Brazilian authorities recently announced the addition of 1,116 items through 30 June 2019 to a list of foreign capital goods and information technology and telecommunications goods that benefit from duty-free treatment under the Ex-Tarifario regime, down from 14 or 16 percent. Of this total, 1,044 items are capital goods and the remaining 72 are IT and telecom goods. Classified in HS chapters 82, 84, 85, 86, 87, 89, 90 and 94, the capital goods will benefit from duty-free treatment through 30 June 2019, except for three items that will benefit from such treatment through 31 December 2018. The IT/telecom goods, which are classified in HS chapters 84, 85 and 90, will benefit from duty-free treatment through 30 June 2019.

Brazil’s Foreign Trade Chamber (CAMEX) also recently added a total of four items to the list of automotive parts that benefit from a reduced two percent duty, down from 14, 16 or 18 percent. Two of the added items will be subject to tariff-rate quotas. In addition, separate TRQs have been established for:

  • a period of 12 months on up to up to five million doses of vaccines against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (acellular) classified under NCM 3002.20.27;
  • a period of 12 months on up to six million doses of Human Papillomavirus 6, 11, 16, 18 (recombinant) vaccines classified under NCM 3002.20.29; and
  • a period of six months on up to 2.25 million doses of Hepatitis A vaccines classified under NCM 3002.20.29.

Moreover, the duty on technically specified natural rubber classified under NCM 4001.22.00 and other natural rubber granulated or pressed classified under NCM 4001.29.20 has been lowered from 14 percent to four percent. Finally, the TRQ on up to 1,000 tonnes of 3,4-dichlorophenyl isocyanate classified under NCM 2929.10.30 that was established in January 2017 has been rescinded. Accordingly, imports of subject merchandise will now be subject to a regular MFN rate of 14 percent.

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