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Colombia Establishes Advance Declaration Requirement for Steel and Aluminium Products

Effective from 22 May, Colombian importers will be required to submit an advance import declaration for iron, steel and aluminium products classified under 75 different tariff lines within headings 7204, 7210, 7211, 7212, 7213, 7214, 7215, 7216, 7217, 7225, 7226, 7227, 7228, 7229, 7304, 7306, 7313, 7314, 7326 and 7604. This is one of the measures recently announced by the Colombian government aimed at combating contraband activities in steel and aluminium. Other actions include weekly monitoring of import trends in a range of products, stepping up physical inspections of subject merchandise, increasing verifications of compliance with technical requirements, investigating 45 companies that may be engaging in contraband activities, and seizing illegally imported merchandise.

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