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Brazil Lowers Duties on Additional Products

Brazilian authorities have announced the addition of 281 items to a list of foreign capital goods and information technology and telecommunications goods that benefit from duty-free treatment under the Ex-Tarifario regime, down from 14 or 16 percent. Many of these goods could potentially be imported from mainland China and/or Hong Kong.

Of this total, 261 items are capital goods (240 are new and 21 are renewals) and the remaining 20 (all new items) are IT and telecom goods. The capital goods covered by these actions are classified in HS chapters 82, 84, 85, 87, 90 and 94, while subject IT and telecom goods are classified in HS chapters 84, 85 and 90. Subject merchandise will benefit from duty-free treatment through 31 December 2021.

In a separate action, Brazil has modified its import duties on the following products by adding or excluding them to/from the list of exceptions to the Mercosur common external tariff.

  • Certain immunological products classified under NCM 3002.15.90 – duty has fallen from two percent to zero.
  • Certain medicaments classified under NCM 3004.90.69 and 3004.90.79 – duty has fallen from two percent to zero.
  • Electric scalpels with ultrasonic technology classified under NCM 9018.90.99 – duty has been reduced from two percent to zero.
  • Aluminium electrolytic classified under NCM 8532.22.00 – duty has been reduced from 16 percent to four percent.
  • Automatic circuit breakers classified under NCM 8536.20.00 – duty has dropped from 18 percent to eight percent.
  • Other electric conductors, for a voltage not exceeding 1,000 V, fitted with connectors, classified under NCM 8544.42.00 – duty has fallen from 16 percent to eight percent.
  • Sanitary towels (pads) and tampons, diapers and diaper liners for babies and similar articles classified under NCM 9619.00.00 – duty has fallen from 16 percent to 12 percent.
  • Certain Otto cycle engines used in motor vehicles classified under NCM 8407.34.90 – duty has declined from 18 percent to two percent.
  • Certain forged aluminium wheels used in lorries and buses classified under NCM 8708.70.90 – duty has dropped from 18 percent to two percent.
  • Aluminium plates and strip, clad with or plated on one or both sides, with plates of different aluminium alloys, used in the manufacture of various automotive components, in air conditioning heat exchangers, water and air radiators, chillers, condensers and heaters, classified under NCM 7606.12.90 – duty has gone down from 12 percent to two percent.
  • Acrylic acid classified under NCM 2916.11.10 – duty had previously been increased from two percent to 10 percent and has now been lowered to six percent.
  • Sevoflurane medicaments classified under NCM 3004.90.99 – duty had previously been increased from eight percent to 14 percent and has now been lowered to eight percent.
  • Sodium polyacrylate classified under NCM 3906.90.44 – duty had previously been increased from two percent to 12 percent and has now been lowered to eight percent.

In addition, the tariff-rate quotas in place on the following products have been extended through 31 December 2019.

  • Aluminium. Up to 141,250 tonnes of unalloyed aluminium ingot, sow and t-bars classified under NCM 7601.10.00  (duty-free treatment in lieu of six percent duty).
  • Certain Paper. Up to 15,993 tonnes of paper for the manufacture of corrugated plasterboard, in rolls, classified under NCM 4805.92.90 (two percent duty in lieu of 12 percent duty)
  • Rutile Pigments. Up to 130,000 tonnes of certain rutile pigments classified under NCM 3206.11.10 will continue to benefit from a reduced six percent duty, with up to 12,580 tonnes of certain types of rutile pigments benefitting from a two percent duty.
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