23 Jan 2015
Argentina to Require Imported Motor Vehicles to Be Tested in Domestic Labs
Argentina's Ministry of Industry has issued a regulation that requires domestically-produced and imported motor vehicles to be tested in a laboratory approved by the National Institute of Industrial Technology (Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Industrial, or INTI). To be certified the vehicles are required to have the relevant test results issued by a lab belonging to the Automotive Industry Laboratory Network (Red de Laboratorios de la Industria Automotriz, or Reliau) and registered in a new national register for motor vehicle testing labs. Argentinean authorities will accept foreign tests in instances where the relevant motor vehicle tests cannot be carried out in Argentina and INTI has corroborated the suitability of the foreign lab.
New motor vehicle model configuration licences will be valid for five years from their date of issuance and may be renewed for five more years as long as the applicable tests are repeated by an accredited lab. Licences issued prior to the issuance of Resolution 323/2014 will expire in accordance with the following schedule: licences issued on 31 December 2004 and earlier will expire on 30 June 2015, licences issued from 1 January 2005 through 31 December 2010 will expire on 31 December 2015, while licences issued from 1 January 2011 will expire five years from their date of issuance.
Minister of Industry Debora Giorgi indicated that this new system represents "a step towards technological sovereignty" that will allow "the development of national laboratories capable of performing automotive tests and a value chain with greater local technological capabilities."