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Argentina Updates Ban on PCBs

Argentina has updated its long-standing ban on polychlorobiphenyls (PCBs) and equipment containing PCBs by requiring importers of goods classified under 41 separate headings or subheadings to declare through the MALVINA electronic system whether their goods (i) are free of PCBs, (ii) contain PCBs in a concentration greater than 50 parts per million, or (iii) are exempt from the prohibition to import PCBs in a concentration greater than 50 ppm. If importers select option (ii), the electronic system will block the import process. If importers select option (iii), they must have an authorisation issued by the relevant authorities. Argentinean authorities indicate that three regulations issued years ago by the Generate Customs Directorate requiring certain additional documentation as proof that subject merchandise did not contain PCBs have been rescinded.

Additionally, Argentina has updated the list of headings and subheadings subject to this requirement, which are 2710.19.32, 2710.19.91, 2710.19.92, 2710.19.93, 2710.19.99, 2710.91.00, 2710.99.00, 2903.69.18, 2903.69.19, 2903.69.24, 2903.69.29, 3208, 3210, 3214, 3215.11.00, 3215.19.00, 3403, 3404.90.19, 3506, 3811, 3812.20.00, 3814.00.00, 3817, 3819.00.00, 3824.90.49, 3824.90.89, 3910, 3915, 3925, 3926.90.90, 4809,  4816, 8467.81, 8467.89, 8467.91, 8467.99, 8504.21, 8504.22, 8504.23, 8504.90.30 and 8516.29.

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