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Brazil Modifies Duties on Various Products

Brazilian authorities recently announced the addition through Resolution 37/2017 and Resolution 38/2017 of 206 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, 188 items are capital goods and the remaining 18 are IT and telecom goods. Classified in HS chapters 82, 84, 85 and 90, the capital goods will benefit from a reduced duty of two percent through 31 December 2018. The IT/telecom goods, which are classified in HS chapters 84, 85 and 90, will also benefit from a reduced duty of two percent through 31 December 2018.

Brazil’s Foreign Trade Chamber (CAMEX) also recently added through Resolution 36/2017 a total of 22 items to the list of automotive parts that benefit from a reduced two percent duty, down from 18 percent. Nineteen of these items will be subject to a tariff-rate quota ranging from 60 to 22,000 units, depending on the product. Moreover, CAMEX has established through Resolution 34/2017 and Resolution 39/2017 the TRQs on the products listed below.

  • Sardines
    A maximum of 60,000 tonnes of sardines classified under NCM 0303.53.00 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 ten percent.
  • Certain Plates, Sheets and Film
    A maximum of 11,130.25 tonnes of other plates, sheets, film, foil and strip of poly(vinyl butyral) classified under NCM 3920.91.00 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 16 percent.
  • Acrylic/Modacrylic Filament Tow
    A maximum of 4,800 tonnes of acrylic/modacrylic filament tow classified under NCM 5501.30.00 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 16 percent.
  • Polymeric MDI
    A maximum of 105,000 tonnes of polymeric MDI presented in liquid form classified under NCM 3909.31.00 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.
  • Palm Kernel Oil
    A maximum of 224,785 tonnes of palm kernel oil classified under NCM 1513.29.10 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 ten percent. This product is widely used in the food industry as well as in the manufacture of cosmetics, soaps and detergents. It may also be used to produce biodiesel for internal combustion engines.
  • 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. Out-of-quota merchandise will be subject to a regular MFN rate of 14 percent.
  • Ametrine
    A maximum of 7,500 tonnes of ametrine classified under NCM 2933.69.91 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.
  • Enzyme Preparations
    A maximum of 4,000 tonnes of certain enzyme preparations classified under NCM 3507.90.49 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.
  • 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. This product is intended for the printing or reproduction of documents by electrostatic process copying equipment or printers.
  • Poly (vinyl) Chloride
    A maximum of 3,794 tonnes of chlorinated poly (vinyl chloride) in powder form classified under NCM 3904.90.00 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.
  • Polyamide-6
    A maximum of 7,000 tonnes of polyamide 6 meeting certain specifications and classified under NCM 3908.10.24 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.
  • High Tenacity Polyester Yarn
    A maximum of 7,000 tonnes of polyester yarn with a tenacity equal to or greater than 78 cN/tex and a marine finish high-durability coating classified under NCM 5402.20.00 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.
  • Polyester Yarn
    A maximum of 33,000 tonnes of partially oriented polyester yarn classified under NCM 5402.46.00 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.
  • Graphite Blocks
    A maximum of 200 tonnes of impregnated graphite blocks with phenolic or antimony resin classified under NCM 6815.10.90 and used in the manufacture of mechanical seals 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.
  • Voltage Switches
    A maximum of 500 voltage switches having certain characteristics and classified under NCM 8535.90.00 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 16 percent.
  • Human Serum Albumin
    A maximum of 556,080 vials each containing 10 grams of human serum albumin classified under NCM 3002.12.36 will benefit from duty-free treatment for a period of 12 months. Out-of-quota merchandise will be subject to a regular MFN rate of four percent.
  • Anti-Tumour Peptide
    A maximum of 500 grams of anti-tumour peptide RB09 classified under NCM 3002.13.00 will benefit from duty-free treatment for a period of 12 months. Out-of-quota merchandise will be subject to a regular MFN rate of two percent.

Finally, Brazil has amended its tariff schedule to incorporate certain changes to the Mercosur common external tariff.

  • Rhenium trichloride in aqueous solution with a concentration of 17 percent or more but not more than 27 percent by weight classified under new tariff breakout 2843.90.20 – duty has fallen from ten to two percent.
  • Hexachloroheydric acid in aqueous solution with a concentration of 17 percent or more but not more than 27 percent by weight classified under new tariff breakout 2843.90.30 – duty has dropped from ten to two percent.
  • Stearic alcohol classified under NCM 2905.17.30 – duty has risen from two to 12 percent.
  • N-propyl esters classified under NCM 2915.39.31 – duty has risen from two to 12 percent.
  • 3,4-dichlorophenyl isocyanate classified under NCM 2929.10.30 – duty has declined from 14 percent to two percent
  • Rutile-type pigments with an average particle size equal to or greater than 0.6 micrometres, with the addition of modifiers, classified under NCM 3206.11.11 – tariff breakout has been eliminated and duty has risen from eight percent to 12 percent.
  • Certain tubes having an outside diameter not exceeding 229 millimetres classified under NCM 7304.59.11 – tariff breakout has been eliminated and duty has risen from two percent to 16 percent.
  • Motor vehicles for the transport of goods with an articulated chassis for log transport, with a built-in crane and a maximum power of 126 kW or more, classified under new tariff breakout 8704.23.40 – duty has fallen from 20 percent to 14 percent.
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