24 Dec 2018
Argentina Provides Additional Information on Sworn Origin Declarations for Goods Subject to Trade Remedy Measures
As previously reported, Argentina recently updated its regulations to verify the origin of imported merchandise in an effort to better prevent the circumvention of trade remedy measures. Among other things, importers of goods subject to the application of provisional or definitive antidumping, countervailing or safeguard measures or goods from countries that do not benefit from most-favoured-nation status are required to submit a sworn declaration of non-preferential origin in addition to the standard import documentation, although goods subject to the payment of AD duties under an AD duty order involving a single country are not covered. In the case of AD measures in place on a specific product from more than one country, the declaration will be required only for goods from the country(ies) facing the AD measures with the lesser economic impact.
In a more recent regulation, Argentina has provided additional details on the sworn declaration of non-preferential origin. For example, goods subject to an AD measure in the form of a minimum FOB value with a value that exceeds the established minimum value are not required to provide non-preferential origin documentation. Goods that must demonstrate their origin for both trade remedy and statistical purposes are only required to provide the sworn declaration of non-preferential origin. Additionally, the sworn declaration will not be required in instances where the importer of a product subject to a trade remedy measure accepts the application of the trade remedy measure with the highest economic value. In the case of goods subject to trade remedy measures, the country of origin must coincide with the country of provenance unless the applicable transport documents indicate otherwise.
The regulation also states that the certificate of origin required for goods whose origin must be demonstrated for statistical reasons only covers goods of HS Chapters 51 through 64. The certificate may be signed via digital or electronic means.