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Argentina Sets Certain Administrative Requirements for Importers of Low-Voltage Electrical Equipment

Argentina issued a regulation in July 2016 requiring low-voltage electrical equipment sold domestically to be certified for compliance with certain essential safety requirements. That regulation was later amended to modify the scope of products subject to these requirements as well as certain provisions regarding the importation of non-compliant products that are subsequently made compliant in Argentina.

Among other things, importers were recently given additional flexibility to ensure that non-compliant products imported into the country fully adhere to the requirements for low-voltage electrical equipment. Previously, non-compliant products could only be imported if the non-compliance to be corrected involved the absence on the product of information regarding the importer’s name and address. Argentinean authorities subsequently clarified that importers may adapt non-compliant products in accordance with any of the certification systems presently available to ensure compliance with the connector geometry and/or plug-cable connector requirements. Importers may also make any necessary changes to the product to ensure compliance with all applicable labelling requirements.

More recently, Argentinean authorities announced through Disposition 1150/2017 that importers of products that were previously certified but need to be adapted to the domestic connector geometry and/or plug-cable connector requirements must submit an application to the Commercial Compliance Directorate within the Ministry of Production’s Commerce Secretariat with the following information: (i) Ministry of Production Single Registry (R.U.M.P.) number; (ii) product description (name, brand, model); (iii) country of origin; (iv) number of units; (v) technical characteristics (voltage, frequency, current type, power, insulation class); (vi) certificate number in effect for the imported goods; (vii) information on the certifier that will supervise the adaptation process, whenever applicable; (viii) address of the warehouse where the goods will be stored prior to the adaptation process; (ix) address of the facility where the goods will be adapted to the domestic requirements; (x) description of the adaptation process; and (xi) copy of the label that will be placed on the product, whenever applicable.

Once the importer submits the application and receives a positive response from the Commercial Compliance Directorate, it may request Argentinean Customs to release the goods “with no right to use” so that they can be adapted to the domestic requirements for low-voltage electrical equipment. The goods may not be commercialised in Argentina until the importer submits to the Commercial Compliance Directorate a certificate issued by the certifying entity stating that the goods comply with all applicable requirements, together with the applicable file number. Importers have a maximum of 60 days to complete the adaptation process, although a one-time 30-day extension may be requested.

Disposition 1150/2017 also allows the importation of laptops, handheld computers, camcorders and cameras that have a duly certified connector as well as connectors with other geometries, as long as the power cord includes a connector certified in accordance with IEC 60320. The use instructions for these products must include a safety warning that clearly indicates the connector type that must be used in Argentina.

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