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Brazil Modifies Duties on Various Products

Brazilian authorities recently announced the addition through Resolutions 107/2016 and 108/2016 of 479 items to a list of foreign capital goods and information technology and telecommunications goods that benefit from reduced duty or duty-free treatment under the Ex-Tarifario regime. Of this total, 444 items are capital goods and the remaining 35 are IT and telecom goods. Classified in HS chapters 73, 84, 85, 86, 87, 89 and 90, the capital goods will benefit from a reduced duty of two percent through 30 June 2018, with the exception of one item that will benefit from such treatment through 31 December 2017. The IT/telecom goods, which are classified in HS chapters 84, 85 and 90, will benefit from a reduced duty of two percent through 30 June 2018.

Brazil’s Foreign Trade Chamber (CAMEX) also recently added through Resolution 103/2016 a total of 55 items to the list of automotive parts that benefit from a reduced two percent duty, down from 12, 14, 16 or 18 percent. A total of 16 items have also been removed from that list and will now face a duty of 8, 14, 16 or 18 percent. In addition, CAMEX has established through Resolution 109/2016 the tariff-rate quotas on the products listed below for a period of 12 months.

  • Sodium Hydroxide
    A maximum of 180,000 tonnes of sodium hydroxide (caustic soda) in aqueous solution used exclusively in the production of alumina or aluminium oxide, classified under NCM 2815.12.00, will benefit from a reduced duty of two percent. Out-of-quota merchandise will be subject to a regular MFN rate of eight percent.
  • Printing Ink
    A maximum of 924 tonnes of certain printing ink for digital textile applications classified under NCM 3215.19.00 will benefit from a reduced duty of two percent. Out-of-quota merchandise will be subject to a regular MFN rate of 14 percent.
  • Polycarbonate in Powder
    A maximum of 35,040 tonnes of polycarbonate in powder or flakes classified under NCM 3907.40.90 will benefit from a reduced two percent duty while out-of-quota merchandise will be subject to a regular MFN rate of 14 percent.
  • PET
    A maximum of 20,000 tonnes of post-condensate polyethylene terephthalate with an intrinsic viscosity no lower than 0.98 dl/g and no higher than 1.10 dl/g, classified under NCM 3907.60.00, will benefit from a reduced two percent duty. Out-of-quota merchandise will be subject to a regular MFN rate of 14 percent.
  • Polymeric MDI
    A maximum of 105,000 tonnes of poly (phenyl methylene isocyanate), known as polymeric MDI, in liquid form and classified under NCM 3909.30.20, will benefit from a reduced two percent duty. Out-of-quota merchandise will be subject to a regular MFN rate of 14 percent.
  • Certain Plastic Plates
    A maximum of 11,130,250 kilogrammes of other plates, sheets, film, foil and strip of poly(vinyl butyral) classified under NCM 3920.91.00 will benefit from a reduced two percent duty. Out-of-quota merchandise will be subject to a regular MFN rate of 16 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 reduced duty of two percent. Out-of-quota merchandise will be subject to a regular MFN rate of 18 percent.
  • Acrylic Tow
    A maximum of 4,800 tonnes of acrylic or modacrylic filament tow classified under NCM 5501.30.00 will benefit from a reduced duty of two percent. Out-of-quota merchandise will be subject to a regular MFN rate of 16 percent.
  • Human Serum Albumin
    A maximum of 556,080 10-gramme vials of human serum albumin classified under NCM 3002.10.37 will benefit from duty-free treatment while out-of-quota merchandise will be subject to a regular MFN rate of four percent.

A TRQ has also been established for a period of 180 days on up to 2,250,000 doses of Hepatitis A vaccines, in doses or otherwise prepared for retail sale, classified under NCM 3002.20.29. In-quota merchandise will benefit from duty free treatment while out-of-quota goods will face an MFN duty of two percent. In addition, CAMEX has extended the TRQ in place on up to 180,000 tonnes of p-Xylene classified under NCM 2902.43.00 imported from 20 November 2016 through 19 November 2017.

Finally, Brazilian authorities have announced the following changes to Brazil’s list of exemptions to the Mercosur common external tariff. As a result, the duties on the following products have either increased or decreased.

  • Castor oil and its fractions classified under NCM 1515.30.00 – duty has risen from ten percent to 30 percent.
  • Gypsum in irregular pieces classified under NCM 2520.10.11 – duty has increased from four percent to 20 percent.
  • Other medicaments classified under NCM 3004.20.69 and 3004.50.90 – duty-free treatment on certain medicaments within these tariff lines has been maintained.
  • Articulated motor graders with a power steering at the top of 205.07 kW (275 HP) classified under NCM 8429.20.10 – duty has risen from zero to 35 percent.
  • Other graders and levellers classified under NCM 8429.20.90 – duty has increased from 14 percent to 35 percent.
  • Backhoe loaders classified under NCM 8429.59.00 – duty has increased from 14 percent to 35 percent.
  • Reducers, gear boxes and other speed changers, including torque converters, classified under NCM 8483.40.10 – duty has risen from 14 percent to 20 percent.
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