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Argentina Bans Imports of Pure gamma-Butyrolactone and Ethyl Chloride, Amends Trade Controls on Drug Precursors

Argentina has banned through Disposition 11276/2016 the importation, exportation and sale of pure gamma-butyrolactone (GBL) and ethyl chloride because these substances may be used as precursors in the manufacture of prohibited drugs. Specifically, GBL may be used by itself or in the production of gamma-hydroxybutyric acid (GHB), a central nervous system depressant used as an intoxicant, while ethyl chloride is used in the production of alkyl nitrites (commonly known as poppers) that are inhaled for recreational purposes. Argentinean authorities note that while GBL is used as a flavouring and aromatic agent in the food and cosmetics sectors, other substances with similar characteristics may be used instead.

Separately, Argentina has amended through Decree 974/2016 the list of substances subject to import and export controls because of their potential use in the production of illicit drugs and psychotropic substances. Substances whose importation and exportation requires prior authorisation from the Argentinean government are classified under NCM 1211.90.90, 2806.10.10, 2806.10.20, 2807.00.10, 2807.00.20, 2841.61.00, 2903.12.00, 2904.20.70, 2909.11.00, 2912.11.00, 2912.21.00, 2914.11.00, 2914.12.00, 2914.31.00, 2915.24.00, 2916.34.00, 2924.22.00, 2926.90.99, 2932.91.00, 2932.92.00, 2932.93.00, 2932.94.00, 2939.41.00, 2939.42.00, 2939.49.90, 2939.61.00, 2939.62.00 and 2939.63.00.

Substances subject to certain inventory requirements are classified under NCM 2207.10.00, 2710.00.31, 2710.00.39, 2801.20.10, 2801.20.90, 2811.29.00, 2825.90.90, 2825.90.90, 2827.10.00, 2903.22.00, 2903.29.00, 2903.69.11, 2905.11.00, 2905.12.20, 2905.14.10, 2914.22.10, 2915.11.00, 2915.90.90, 2921.12.10, 2924.10.90, 2926.90.99 and 2926.90.99. Meanwhile, substances that may face import or export controls should Argentinean authorities so determine are classified under NCM 2814.10.00, 2814.20.00, 2815.11.00, 2815.12.00, 2815.20.00, 2922.43.00, 2833.11.10, 2833.11.90, 2836.20.10, 2836.20.90, 2836.40.00, 2902.11.00, 2902.20.00, 2902.30.00, 2902.41.00, 2902.42.00, 2902.43.00, 2902.44.00, 2914.13.00, 2915.21.00, 2915.31.00 and 2933.32.00.

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