12 Aug 2016
Brazil Adopts Import Restrictions on Fluorescent Lamps, Extends Deadline to Meet Conformity Assessment Requirements for TVs
The National Metrology, Normalisation and Industrial Quality Council (CONMETRO) has issued a new regulation (CONMETRO Resolution 1/2016) that will require importers and producers of sodium and mercury vapour fluorescent lamps to participate effective from 5 October in a reverse logistics programme as part of the mandatory conformity assessment requirements for these products. In addition, imports of sodium and mercury vapour fluorescent lamps, mixed light lamps and any components thereof will be subject to prior approval from that date.
Lamps and components subject to import controls include tubular fluorescent lamps classified under NCM 8539.31.00, mercury vapour lamps classified under NCM 8539.32.00, metal vapour lamps classified under NCM 8539.32.00, sodium vapour lamps classified under NCM 8539.32.0001, compact lamps classified under NCM 8539.31.0001, mixed light lamps classified under NCM 8539.39.0001, glass tubes classified under NCM 7011.10.90 and glass bulbs classified under NCM 7011.10.10.
Separately, Brazil’s National Institute of Technology, Normalisation and Industrial Quality (INMETRO) has extended for the second time the deadlines to comply with the conformity assessment requirements of Directive 563/2014 for television sets, including cathode ray tube, plasma, LCD and LED TVs but excluding sets below 13 inches and above 65 inches. Subject merchandise imported or manufactured domestically will be required to comply with the new requirements by 1 April 2017 (compared to 24 June 2016 previously). Importers and manufacturers will not be allowed to sell non-compliant merchandise by 1 October 2017 (compared to 24 December 2016 previously), and retailers and other parties will be barred from selling non-compliant merchandise from 1 April 2018 (compared to 24 June 2017 previously).