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Argentina Modifies Safety Certification Requirements for Bicycles

Argentina recently modified its safety certification requirements for bicycles by setting specific standards for bikes with electric assistance when pedalling and adopting various other provisions. Equipped with pedals and an auxiliary electric motor, these bikes cannot be propelled exclusively by means of the auxiliary motor except in the start-up assistance mode. Subject merchandise will be required to comply with the definitions and provisions of standard IRAM 60020, while regular bikes will continue to be subject to the requirements of standard IRAM 40020 and standard NM 301:2002.

Argentina will only allow the commercialisation of new bikes, with or without electric assistance, classified under subheading 8711.90 and heading 8712, that comply with certain essential safety requirements. Producers, importers, wholesalers and retailers of subject merchandise must obtain a certification from a duly recognised certification body and certified bikes must carry an indelible seal.

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