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Argentina Launches Regulatory Framework for Single Window for Trade Operations

The Argentinean government formally launched in early October the regulatory framework for an electronic single window for trade operations that will eventually allow importers and exporters to obtain all required permits, certifications, licences and other authorisations and carry out any trade-related administrative procedures on-line. According to Decree 1079/2106, the goals of the National Single Window for the Argentinean Foreign Trade Regime (VUCEA) are (i) providing greater efficiency in the actions and procedures carried out before the government in relation to the importation, exportation and transit of goods; (ii) unifying processes, rules, regulations and procedures to optimise the operation of foreign trade mechanisms; (iii) simplifying, streamlining and optimising the administrative management of the procedures carried out before various government agencies; (iv) integrating, standardising and systematising public information; and (v) facilitating the access and dissemination of standardised, integrated and up-to-date information on various administrative processes and procedures.

Decree 1079/2016 also establishes a committee responsible for the implementation of the VUCEA regime. Its responsibilities include adopting actions and guidelines aimed at managing VUCEA in accordance with Mercosur and World Customs Organisation requirements; encouraging and promoting the regulatory changes required for the implementation of VUCEA; carrying out actions to adjust the structure, organisation and modalities for administering VUCEA, including by seeking all appropriate resources and tools; carrying out actions to obtain state-of-the-art technology to implement VUCEA and adopting mechanisms aimed at achieving homogeneity, connectivity, security and availability of information; establishing a schedule for the gradual migration of foreign trade procedures from the current systems and procedures to VUCEA; and adopting systems and mechanisms to enable the simultaneous operation of various trade-related government systems.

The new VUCEA regime will ostensibly enter into force on 21 November, although the schedule for implementation of the various modalities within the system has not been issued.

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