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Argentina Suspends Certificate of Conformity Requirement for School Articles, Amends Import Licencing Requirements

The Argentinean government has rescinded a December 2015 regulation that would have required effective from 1 June a range of school articles sold in Argentina to be accompanied by a certificate attesting compliance with all applicable safety requirements. School articles covered by this action include, among others, pencil sharpeners, erasers, pens, markers, highlighters, compasses, correction fluid, glue, chalk, crayons, pencils, modelling clay, school holsters, lunch boxes, binders, rulers, round-tipped scissors, finger paint, watercolour paint, ink, brushes, glitter, glaze and crepe paper, and adhesive tape for school use. Argentinean authorities indicate that the regulation will not be implemented until a standard setting forth specific safety requirements for school articles and a list of products covered by any such requirements are developed.

Separately, the Argentinean government recently amended the list of items subject to non-automatic import licencing by (1) excluding certain goods classified under NCM 4504.90.00, 8541.40.32, 8544.60.00, 8711.20.10, 8711.20.20 and 8711.20.90; (2) adding certain goods classified under NCM 3907.60.00, 6907.90.00, 8413.30.10, 8482.10.10, 8483.30.21, 8711.20.10, 8711.20.20 and 8711.20.90; and (3) modifying the scope of certain covered products classified under NCM 4002.19.19 and 8711.30.00.

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