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Argentina Ends System Requiring Certain Goods to Be Processed by Specialised Customs Ports

Argentina is no longer requiring imports of a broad range of products to be processed by certain “specialised” customs ports. Argentina established this system with the goal of enhancing effective customs oversight and reducing contraband activities and tax evasion, but the current government has rescinded this measure to avoid unjustified supply chain delays.

Originally established in August 2005, this system initially required imports of textiles, apparel, footwear and toys for consumption to be processed by certain specialised customs ports. It was expanded in August 2007 to include a range of additional items, such as tableware and kitchenware, luggage and bags, leather apparel, glassware, imitation jewellery, certain appliances, tools, electrical machinery and equipment, certain automotive parts, bicycles, motorcycles, watches and lamps. In addition, the number of customs ports authorised to process textile and apparel merchandise was reduced from 13 to 11 while the number of ports authorised to process footwear was cut from eight to seven.

Argentina issued an additional regulation in February 2010 that amended the scope of products covered by this system (including by removing a range of electrical machinery and equipment) and expanded the list of authorised ports, including seven new ports to process footwear and textiles and apparel, eight new ports to process tools and other items of HS Chapters 82 and 83, and five new ports to process clocks and watches.

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