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Brazil Proposes or Adopts Requirements for Various Products

INMETRO has taken the following actions in recent weeks of potential interest to Hong Kong and mainland Chinese exporters.

  • Party Articles
    INMETRO has extended the date of entry into force of the mandatory conformity assessment requirements for party articles set forth by Directive 545/2012, as amended. Specifically, the agency has extended from 1 May 2016 to 1 May 2017 the deadline for party articles imported or manufactured domestically to comply with these conformity assessment requirements. Importers and manufacturers will not be allowed to sell non-compliant merchandise from 1 May 2018, compared to 1 May 2017 previously, while retailers and other parties will be barred from selling non-compliant merchandise from 1 May 2019, compared to 1 May 2018 previously. Under Directive 545/2012 suppliers of subject party articles will normally be required to certify their products using certification systems 5 or 7 to ensure compliance with applicable safety requirements, although micro and small companies and artisans will be allowed to use certification system 4.
  • General Conformity Certification Requirements
    INMETRO has approved two regulations designed to further improve the general requirements that are common to all product-specific INMETRO conformity certification programmes. Among other things, Directive 250/2016 requires conformity certificates to include information on (i) the commercial designation and commercial reference code(s) of the product, whenever applicable; (ii) related brand(s); (iii) technical characteristics such as product identification, raw materials, dimensions, textures and/or coatings, parts and/or accessories and other features; and (iv) Global Trade Item Number bar codes, whenever applicable. For its part, Directive 242/2016 makes certain changes to Directive 118/2015 regarding certification requests, initial audits of the quality management system and evaluation of the production process, definitions of sampling and laboratory, etc.
  • Tyres
    INMETRO has amended certain aspects of the conformity assessment requirements for new tyres established through Directive 544/2012. The changes relate to performance tests for the maintenance of conformity certification, certification evaluations, confirmation of re-certification and certain other procedures.
  • Steel Pipe
    INMETRO has amended the current conformity assessment requirements for carbon steel pipe for common uses and carbon steel pipe for high temperature use. Imported and domestically-produced pipe will be required to comply with the requirements of Directive 246/2016 by 7 December 2017, importers and domestic producers will not be able to sell non-compliant merchandise by 7 June 2018, and retailers and other parties will not be able to sell non-compliant merchandise by 7 June 2019.
  • Boilers and Pressure Vessels
    INMETRO has extended the date of entry into force of the mandatory technical requirements for boilers and pressure vessels set forth by Directive 248/2014. Specifically, the agency has extended from 2 June 2016 to 2 June 2018 the deadline for subject merchandise imported or manufactured domestically to comply with these requirements. Importers and manufacturers will not be allowed to sell non-compliant merchandise from 2 December 2018, compared to 2 December 2016 previously, while retailers and other parties will be barred from selling non-compliant merchandise from 2 December 2019, compared to 2 December 2017 previously.
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