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Brazil Modifies Duties on Additional Products

Brazilian authorities have announced the addition of 576 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, 535 items are capital goods and the remaining 41 are IT and telecom goods. The capital goods covered by these actions are classified in HS chapters 84, 85, 86, 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 30 June 2020, except for one item that will benefit from such treatment through 31 December 2019.

Brazil has also established tariff-rate quotas on imports of the following products to correct a lack of supply in the Brazilian market.

  • Toner Powder
    A maximum of 1,700 tonnes of certain toner powder classified under NCM 3707.90.21 will benefit from a two percent duty for a period of 12 months. Out-of-quota merchandise will be subject to a regular MFN rate of 14 percent.
  • Acrylic Copolymer
    A maximum of 800 tonnes of acrylic copolymer in the form of thermoplastic microspheres encapsulating inert gas classified under NCM 3906.90.49 will benefit from a two percent duty for a period of 12 months. Out-of-quota merchandise will be subject to a regular MFN rate of 14 percent.
  • Elastomultiester
    A maximum of 2,200 tonnes of bicomponent elastic polyester non-textured filament yarn, known as elastomultiester, classified under NCM 5402.47.10, will benefit from a two percent duty for a period of 12 months. Out-of-quota merchandise will be subject to a regular MFN rate of 18 percent.
  • Aluminium Foil
    A maximum of 2,137 tonnes of certain aluminium foil classified under NCM 7607.11.90 will benefit from a two percent duty for a period of 12 months. Out-of-quota merchandise will be subject to a regular MFN rate of 12 percent.
  • Unroasted Malt
    A  maximum of 400,000 tonnes of unroasted malt, whole or broken, classified under NCM 1107.10.10, will benefit from a two percent duty from 22 December 2018 through 21 December 2020. Out-of-quota merchandise will be subject to a regular MFN rate of 14 percent.
  • Chromium Sulphate
    A  maximum of 50,000 tonnes of chromium sulphate classified under NCM 2833.29.60 will benefit from a two percent duty for a period of 12 months. Out-of-quota merchandise will be subject to a regular MFN rate of 10 percent.
  • p-Xilene
    A  maximum of 290,000 tonnes of p-Xilene classified under NCM 2902.43.00 will benefit from duty-free treatment from 22 December 2018 through 21 December 2019. Out-of-quota merchandise will be subject to a regular MFN rate of four percent.
  • Polyamide-6
    Separate TRQs of 7,000 tonnes and 7,200 tonnes have been established for polyamide 6 meeting certain specifications and classified under NCM 3908.10.24. In-quota imports will benefit from a two percent duty for a period of 12 months while out-of-quota merchandise will face a regular MFN rate of 14 percent.

Additionally, duty-free treatment has been provided to curd casein classified under NCM 3501.10.00, certain pesticides classified under NCM 3808.69.90, styrene-acrylonitrile copolymer (SAN) classified under NCM 3903.20.00, styrene-butadiene-acrylonitrile copolymer (ABS) classified under NCM 3903.30.20, certain aluminium electrical conductors classified under NCM 8544.60.00, and certain fairground and similar equipment classified under NCM 9508.90.90. On the other hand, the MFN duty on certain X-ray apparatus classified under NCM 9022.19.99 has been raised from zero to 14 percent.

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