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Argentina Modifies Import Licencing Requirements, Seeks to Reduce Administrative Burdens

Argentina has issued an updated list of imported products subject to non-automatic licencing, which include certain cooking appliances, dishwashing machines, clothes washers, machinery and mechanical appliances, heaters, toys, footwear, textiles and apparel, headwear, travel goods, iron and steel articles, hand tools, tyres, chemicals, herbicides, plastic products, furniture, ceramic flags and paving, and motor vehicles, among many others. Imports for consumption of merchandise not subject to non-automatic licencing still require an automatic licence for customs clearance.

Argentinean authorities may require additional information or documentation from importers seeking a non-automatic import licence involving certain aspects of the operation and/or merchandise, such as corporate information, commercial or pro-forma invoices and more detailed information on the goods, and may also request relevant technical bodies to assist in the review process.

Separately, the government has launched a comprehensive effort to further reduce the considerable administrative burdens that have historically hindered the Argentinean economy. Ultimately, this process is aimed at incentivising investment, productivity, employment and social inclusion while increasing efficiency, flexibility, clarity and transparency. Key objectives of this effort include, among others: (i) simplifying the regulations on animal and plant health, including certain associated import requirements; (ii) modifying certain corporate law provisions; (iii) facilitating the development of SMEs; (iv) simplifying and improving port- and civil aviation-related regulations; (v) simplifying the regulatory framework and registration process related to patents and trademarks; and (vi) generally reducing regulatory burdens in the areas of digital signatures, energy, manufacturing, administration of public goods, government procurement, insurance and access to credit.

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