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Brazil Modifies Duties on Various Products

Brazilian authorities recently announced the addition through Resolution 133/2016 and Resolution 134/2016 of 314 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, 305 items are capital goods and the remaining nine are IT and telecom goods. Classified in HS chapters 84, 85, 86, 90 and 94, the capital goods will benefit from a reduced duty of two percent through 31 December 2018, with the exception of one item that will benefit from a reduced duty of two percent through 31 December 2017 and three items that will benefit from duty-free treatment through 31 December 2018. The IT/telecom goods, which are classified in HS chapters 84, 85 and 90, will benefit from a reduced duty of two percent through 31 December 2018.

Brazil’s Foreign Trade Chamber (CAMEX) also recently added through Resolution 135/2016 a total of 74 items to the list of automotive parts that benefit from a reduced two percent duty, down from 14, 16 or 18 percent. In addition, CAMEX has established through Resolution 137/2016 and Resolution 138/2016 the tariff-rate quotas on the products listed below.

  • Textile printing inks
    A maximum of 924 tonnes of certain digital inks for textile printing classified under NCM 3215.19.00 will benefit from a reduced duty of two percent for a period of 12 months. 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 duty of two percent for a period of 12 months. 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 3907.61.00, will benefit from a reduced two percent duty for a period of 12 months. Out-of-quota merchandise will be subject to a regular MFN rate of 14 percent.
  • Diphenylmethane Diisocyanate
    A maximum of 23,000 tonnes of diphenylmethane diisocyanate classified under NCM 2929.10.10 will benefit from a reduced duty of two percent for a period of 12 months from 11 January 2017. Out-of-quota merchandise will be subject to a regular MFN rate of 14 percent.

Finally, Brazilian authorities have increased the duty on light-emitting diode lamps classified under NCM 8539.50.00 from 12 percent to 18 percent and the duty on most types of semi-bleached or bleached coniferous chemical wood pulp, soda and sulphate classified under NCM 4703.21.00 from four percent to 14 percent.

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