Argentina: Import (general)

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General import regulations and requirements

New requirement: Certain products are subject to submission of a Sworn Declaration of Product Composition (DJCP). This requirements became effective May 4, 2018, as per Resolution 246/18. For additional information please see Ministerio de Produccion, Secretaria de Comercio, Resolución 246/2018.

(Last updated on 2018-05-07)

Customs clearance procedures and requirements

For detailed Customs information contact:

Simplified import procedure: Under Decree 161/99 and Resolution AFIP 503/99, Argentina established a Simplified Importation System to allow imports to be cleared using a simplified procedure. This option may be chosen, provided the following conditions are met:

Goods imported under this simplified import procedure are subject to a unified 50% import fee on the CIF value, which covers import duties and other taxes and rates of whatever nature.

(Last updated on 2017-10-04)

Samples, low value and non-commercial importations

Imports valued less than USD 3,000.00 (~ EUR 2,670.00) and weighing less than 50kg (110lbs.) may be cleared using the Simplified import procedure. (See information under "Customs clearance procedures and requirements".)

(Last updated on 2017-06-23)

Import customs tariff

Argentina uses the MERCOSUR Common Nomenclature for tariff classification, based on and consistent with the Harmonized Tariff System (HTS).

The MERCOSUR Common External Tariff (CET) is applied for goods from non-MERCOSUR countries. The CET does not apply to goods on the "Exceptions List" (see Decision 58/10 CMC MERCOSUR).

In January 2013, Argentina raised import tariffs to 35% on certain products from non-MERCOSUR countries. The average tariff rate was 22%.

Reference import prices/values may apply to certain products.

Argentina assesses a VAT [Value Added tax] (Impeusto al valor agregado [IVA]) of 21% for most products.

VAT is applied on CIF value plus duty and statistical tax. Excise taxes apply to certain goods.

Reduced and increased VAT rates:

Additional levies which may apply:

For information on tariffs and Customs regulations contact:

For worldwide tariff information please see: WTO Tariff Data.

(Last updated on 2018-01-12)

Customs valuation basis

Specific duty rates (DIEMs) apply to certain products. Minimum specific duties apply to certain textile products, footwear, peaches, and toys.

Ad valorem duties are based on the CIF value of the goods (at port of entry in Argentina). For items subject to ad valorem duties, the WTO Customs Valuation Agreement applies.

Certain products may be subject to "mixed duties" which consists of a combination of ad valorem and specific duties.

The dutiable value will be determined by Customs based on the importer's declaration.

According to the WTO Valuation Agreement there are six acceptable methods of determining Customs value. Typically the first method is used (unless the buyer and seller are related parties). When the value cannot be obtained this way, or is rejected by Customs, one of the other methods is to be used, in descending order:

See additional information on the WTO website under WTO Customs Valuation.

(Last updated on 2017-06-23)

General import license/permit requirements

Most goods will be eligible for automatic licenses, though certain goods will require a non-automatic license. Goods requiring a non-automatic license include: textiles, toys, footwear, leather goods, home appliances, metal products, automobiles and parts, motorcycles and bicycles. The government will issue both automatic and non-automatic licenses within 10 days under the new system.

Applicants for import licenses must submit information through the Sistema Integral de Monitoreo de Importaciones (SIMI) system. Information required is similar to the information required under the DJAI system (importer name, tax number, product brand, quantity, model, value, origin).

(Last updated on 2017-01-08)

Prohibited or highly restricted imports

Prohibited items include:

This country prohibits imports of hazardous waste as per the Basel Convention. For additional information see: Basel Convention (select country for details).

(Last updated on 2014-07-23)

Foreign exchange controls and letters of credit

Foreign exchange is controlled by the government through the:

There is a Dual Exchange Rate System with an official fixed rate and a free floating peso market rate. Most payment transactions require that a bank transfer the payment and that payments cannot be made without proof of customs clearance, or a legal commitment that goods will clear customs upon arrival.

Non-essential imports must be settled using the free floating rate. Raw materials, capital goods and goods deemed essential may be imported using the fixed rate.

U.S. exporters also check information provided by the U.S. Commercial Service Argentina. (Some of this information is also of interest to exporters from other countries.) For details contact U.S. Commercial Service in Argentina; phone: +54 11 5777 4683; email:

The unit of currency is the ARS = Argentine Peso [$] (subdivided into 100 Centavos).

The peso is no longer pegged to the USD.

(Last updated on 2017-11-18)

Pre-shipment requirements

A pre-shipment inspection may be required for certain products.

For more information contact:

(Last updated on 2017-10-20)

Commercial invoice

One original and three (3) copies of a commercial invoice are required for commercial shipments.

The original should say "Original Invoice." Photocopies, carbons or faxed copies may not be used as an original invoice.

The invoice should be written in Spanish; or, if English is used, a Spanish translation must be shown just below the English text.

The following information should be included on the invoice:

Effective 1 Nov 2013, the following requirements will be enforced:

The original and each copy must be signed manually, in ink, by an authorized member of the exporting company. The full name and title of this individual must be typed directly below the signature. If the invoice is completed by the shipper or an agent, a responsible representative of the shipping company or agent's firm should sign the invoice as well in the same manner, giving the full name of the firm as agents for the exporter or manufacturer.

Electronic documents with electronic signatures are acceptable if the certifying company has obtained eligibility by completing a licensing procedure.

Consular legalization is generally not required, but may be required in certain cases. Check with the importer for exact requirements.

All commercial invoices must bear the following signed declaration: "Declaro bajo juramento que todos los datos que contiene esta factura son el fiel reflejo de la verdad y que los precios indicados son los realmente pagados a pagarse. Declaro en igual forma que no existen convenios que permitan alteraciones en estos precios." ("I declare under oath that the data contained in this invoice are accurate and that the prices indicated are those actually paid or to be paid. I declare on the same form that no agreements exist that allow alteration of these prices.")

For airfreight shipments, documents in most cases should accompany cargo AWB.

For non-commercial shipments, prepare a pro-forma invoice.

For more information on preparing and distributing commercial invoices, see Commercial Invoice and Shipping Document Distribution Based on Specific Functional Needs.

(Last updated on 2017-12-19)

Packing list

A packing list, in Spanish, is required.

Consular legalization of the packing list may be required in certain instances. Check with the importer for exact requirements.

In general, even when it is not required by regulation, it is recommended that a packing list be used with all shipments containing more than one shipping unit of packaged cargo. Most countries require a packing list be provided together with the commercial invoice. The required information must be consistent with all information shown on the commercial invoice.

At least three (3) copies of the packing list should be included as part of the shipping documents sent to the consignee or the agent thereof. The exact contents of each package should be clearly identified. This should include each item's gross weight and net weight and each package's marks and numbers.

(Last updated on 2017-12-19)

Transport document

A properly prepared transport document is required for transportation purposes and as a source document for customs clearance.

At least one (1) negotiable copy of a transport document is required. An original and additional non-negotiable copies are recommended as they may be required by the importer, the shipping line, or for a letter of credit. Make sure that the importer's instructions are followed to the letter.

The above information is mandatory and must be submitted to the carrier prior to loading.

Include ship's name, name of its captain, its tonnage and place of registry. Show marks and numbers for total shipment and separately for each package. Include information about freight charges and payment particulars ("freight prepaid" or "Freight Payable at Destination"). Freight charges must be shown on the B/L.

For ocean cargo, an ocean bill of lading is required. On B/L signatures of shipper and captain must be written manually. Electronic documents with electronic signatures are accepted if the certifying company has completed the necessary licensing procedures.

For air cargo, an air waybill (AWB) replaces the bill of lading used for ocean freight. Nine (9) copies on a standard IATA AWB form are required. On an airway bill, freight forwarding and/or agent's fees may not be on a freight collect basis, as these fees must be prepaid.

(Last updated on 2017-01-08)

Certificate of Origin (general)

Certificate of origin (CO, C/O) may be required for consumer goods, textiles, footwear, apparel, printing machines and machine tools, organic chemicals, tires, bicycle parts, flat-rolled iron and steel, certain iron and steel tubes, air conditioning equipment, wood fiberboard, fabrics, toys, games, brooms, and brushes. It is required for imported wine.

A certificate or origin is also required when claiming preferential treatment under trade agreements.

It may be required by importer, bank, contract terms, or letter of credit.

When required, prepare three (3) copies using the general form.

Document must also be certified by local chamber of commerce and receive consular legalization.

(Last updated on 2017-12-19)

Official cargo insurance requirements

Insurance certificate is required when exporter is party purchasing insurance.

In general, any shipper, wishing to protect his interest in the cargo in the event of loss or damage prior to delivery to ultimate consignee should cover his cargo with either an FOB/FAS clause, or contingency insurance clause coverage.

Such marine insurance may be obtained from any insurance company.

(Last updated on 2017-12-19)

Wood packing materials

ISPM-15 has been adopted by this country.

All Wood Packing Material (WPM) must be made from debarked wood.

The wood needs be treated and certified according to ISPM-15 regulations and is to be stamped with the standard ISPM-15 mark.

Review Guidelines for Regulating Wood Packaging Material in International Trade, issued by:

General Information regarding WPM:

For a listing of countries that have adopted ISPM-15 requirements see:

For IPPC contact information by country see: International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), and select "Countries".

(Last updated on 2017-06-23)

Shipment packaging and marking requirements

In general, follow standard shipping practices.

(Last updated on 2014-03-01)

Product packaging/labeling requirements

Product-specific packaging and labeling requirements may apply to food products.

All products must be labeled in accordance with these legal requirements:

Product label must be printed and fixed on package or container in a visible manner:

Additional labeling requirements apply to certain products, such as:

For more information on labeling requirements, contact: Subsecretaría del Consumidor, Secretaría de Comercio Interior, Ministerio de Economía y Produccion, Ave. Julio A. Roca 651, 4th floor, Of. 26, AR-C1067ABB Buenos Aires; phone: +54 11 4349 4075; fax: +54 11 4349 3755 (web-site in Spanish only)

In some cases, government regulatory bodies of each industry provide information on corresponding labeling requirements.

U.N. recommendations for labeling and packing of hazardous materials have been adopted according to International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG Code).

Additional packaging requirements apply to certain products such as fruits and vegetables.

Additional product packaging and/or labeling requirements may apply to particular types of products. Refer to the product-based information herein for the product you are considering to import or export. An exporter should also verify with its prospective importer in the destination country as to requirements for a specific product to be shipped.

(Last updated on 2017-08-30)


Product standards are regulated by:

Also see ISO Standards Membership.

(Last updated on 2017-10-19)

Important: Exercise independent care before relying on information contained herein. Although we strive to ensure all information is correct and current, GISTnet assumes no liability for detrimental reliance on this information. Trade requirements may change with little or no prior notification, de-facto requirements in certain countries vary from official regulations, and particular shipments and/or importers may have special destination customs arrangements. We encourage you to check with the importer or its customs agent in the destination country for specific importation requirements for specific products and circumstances. We ask your help with feedback ( concerning information which may be outdated or incomplete.