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Argentina Reinstates Import Ban on Used Clothing

Argentina has reinstated for a period of five years a ban on the importation of used clothing, clothing accessories, blankets and travelling rugs, bed linen, table linen, toilet linen, kitchen linen and other textile furnishings classified under NCM 6309.00.10 and 6309.00.90 from all sources. This prohibition expired at the end of last year but had previously been in place almost uninterruptedly for more than two decades.

Argentinean authorities indicate that subject merchandise is typically imported in bulk, pallets, sacks (bags) or similar containers. The prohibition is aimed at safeguarding public health and safety and protecting the environment by ensuring that goods that do not comply with minimum sanitary and safety standards are not imported into the country. Argentinean regulations include an exception for used textile and clothing items imported as donations under certain circumstances.

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