Argentina: Import (product-based)


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Important: Be sure to check both general and product-based categories for relevant information. Product-based categories include parts and accessories unless otherwise specified. See disclaimer below and use independent care before relying on this information.

Animals and animal products (general)

Imports of animals and animal products are regulated by The National Service of Agricultural Food Health and Quality (SENASA).

Documentation: A health certificate/sanitary certificate is required, and may require consular legalization.

Permit/License: An import permit is required for many products and by-products of animal and seafood origin. For more information contact SENASA.

Restrictions/requirements:

  1. Many restrictions apply to livestock and animal products.
  2. There are special regulations concerning the importation of poultry and eggs.
  3. Imports must come from approved facilities.

Since requirements are complex and subject to change at any time, exporters should confer with their importer prior to shipment.

(Last updated on 2014-10-08)

Animals: Live

Live animals require approval from the Secretariat of Agriculture and must be quarantined.

(Last updated on 2014-10-08)

Animal products: Dairy

Imports of animal products are regulated by The National Service of Agricultural Food Health and Quality (SENASA).

Special certificates may be required for dairy products from certain countries (including the U.S.).

An import permit is required.

Products must come from approved facilities.

(Last updated on 2014-10-08)

Animal products: Meat

Imports of animal products are regulated by The National Service of Agricultural Food Health and Quality (SENASA).

An import permit is required.

Imports of animal products must come from an approved facility.

General requirements for shipping meat and meat products (applicable to most countries):

(Last updated on 2014-10-08)

Animal products: Poultry

Imports of animals and animal products are regulated by The National Service of Agricultural Food Health and Quality (SENASA).

Imports of animal products must come from an approved facility.

An import permit is required.

Poultry and eggs are subject to special regulations.

(Last updated on 2014-10-08)

Animal products: Seafood

Imports of animal products are regulated by The National Service of Agricultural Food Health and Quality (SENASA).

Special certificates may be required for dairy products from certain countries (including the U.S.).

An import permit is required.

Imports of animal and seafood products must come from an approved facility.

(Last updated on 2014-10-08)

Animal feed and nutrients

Pet food that contains ruminant origin materials is prohibited.

Prior government approval is required for veterinary products.

(Last updated on 2014-04-11)

Endangered species

This country is a member of CITES. Certain endangered species of plants and animals (and/or items made thereof) may be prohibited or require specialized permits or certificates. For more detailed information check the website of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

(Last updated on 2014-05-19)

Plants and plant products (general)

Imports of plants and plant products are regulated by The National Service of Agricultural Food Health and Quality (SENASA).

Document requirements: Most plants and their products require an import certificate (AFIDI) issued by SENASA in addition to a phytosanitary certificate. Additional certificates may be required. Consular legalization of the certificates by an Argentine Consulate may also be required.

Goods subject to restrictions and/or special regulations: sugar, many fruits and vegetables, and some wood products; cotton seeds and potatoes. Some vegetables and plants are prohibited.

Inspection:Plants are subject to inspection at port of entry in Argentina.

Since requirements are complex and subject to change at any time, exporters should seek current information directly from the importer prior to shipment.

(Last updated on 2014-10-08)

Plants and plant products, including seeds, for use as food

Goods subject to restrictions and/or special regulations: sugar, many fruits and vegetables, cotton seeds and potatoes. Some vegetables and plants are prohibited.

(Last updated on 2014-10-08)

Wood: Lumber and wood products

Prior government approval may be required.

Special regulations apply.

Temporary quotas exist on paper and pulp.

(Last updated on 2014-10-08)

Food products (general)

Prior government approval is required.

Food products are subject to the requirements of the Argentine Food Code (Código Alimentario Argentino – CAA). The National Food Inspection System (Sistema Nacional de Control de los Alimentos – SNCA) enforces the CAA. The National Food Commission (CONAL) is an advisory body which supports SNCA. These agencies belong to the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Agriculture

The following agencies regulate food imports:

Food and beverage products must be registered prior to importation. The exporter should consult with the importer to determine which agency the product needs to be registered with. Some of the agencies have overlapping responsibilities.

Food and beverage products may be subject to inspection prior to customs release.

Certain agricultural and food products may need to be inspected prior to shipment by an agency approved by the government of Argentina.

A certificate of free circulation issued by the National Food Institute (Instituto Nacional de Alimentos) is required prior to importation.

Pesticide levels in food products are regulated.

Restrictions may be in place for sugar.

Labeling requirements:

Goods of plant and animal origin (regulated by SENASA) must be labeled in Spanish and include the following information: importer’s name and address, country of origin, establishment of origin (official number, and name and address), list of ingredients; maintenance temperature range, minimum durability, and nutritional information.

Consumer-ready food and beverages (regulated by INAL) must be labeled in Spanish and require the following information: product name (approved by INAL) and brand; origin; ingredients in descending order (by weight); and additives (at the bottom of the list); net weight or measure; lot number; expiration date; manufacturer name and address; importer name; address and National Register of Establishment number (RNE); National Register of Food Product number (RNPA) (recommended); storage; preparation and usage instructions when required; nutritional information.

Dates are required on most food products.

Organic products must be labeled as "organic".

Nutritional fact panel is required.

For information on food import requirements see Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards (published by USDA).

Note: Additional documentation and labeling may be required for food products.

(Last updated on 2014-11-13)

Food products: Additives, preservatives

Certain food additives and dyes are prohibited.

Additives must be included in the Mercosur positive list of food additives.

Prior government approval is required for artificial sweeteners.

(Last updated on 2014-04-11)

Beverages

Beverage products must be registered prior to importation.

Wine imports must be registered and must be analyzed and approved by INV prior to importation.

Wine imports are required to be accompanied by a Certificate of Analysis and a Free Sale Certificate. Additional information is provided by the National Wine Institute (INV) (Instituto Nacional de Vitivinicultura).

Labeling: Beverage products other than wine: Consumer-ready food and beverages (regulated by INAL) must be labeled in Spanish and require the following information: product name (approved by INAL) and brand; origin; ingredients in descending order (by weight); and additives (at the bottom of the list); net weight or measure; lot number; expiration date; manufacturer name and address; importer name; address and National Register of Establishment number (RNE); National Register of Food Product number (RNPA) (recommended); storage; preparation and usage instructions when required; nutritional information.

Wine products should be labeled with a sticker (affixed to each bottle) which contains the following information (in Spanish): brand name, legal product identification (wine); alcoholic grade; net contents; country of origin; sugar content (if over 6 mg sugar per liter); components other than wine; importer name, address and INV number; warning statements “Beber con moderación” - “Prohibida su venta a menores de 18 años”; acronym and analysis number (provided by INV).

"All mandatory statements must be printed on labels with legible fonts and clear colors, and their contrast must be easily identified by consumers. The legal identification of the product, alcoholic grade, net content, and country of origin must be printed in more than one label only if they are in the field of vision and cannot be read without having to turn the bottle around" (USDA FOOD AND AGRICULTURAL IMPORT REGULATIONS AND STANDARDS).

(Last updated on 2014-04-14)

Pharmaceuticals (general)

Prior government approval is required for pharmaceutical products.

A certificate of analysis and a free sale certificate are required for certain drugs and pharmaceuticals.

The certificate of analysis must be issued by the Argentine Ministry of Health. The importer is required to submit a sample to the Ministry of Health, along with a label, container, application and technical report on the product. The Ministry of Health will then issue an approval number. This approval number must appear on the label upon importation.

Drugs and pharmaceuticals have additional special labeling requirements.

Consult with importer for specific instructions.

Certain drugs may be imported only through certain ports of entry.

Veterinary products must be registered with the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Fishing, and Food.

There are restrictions on the importation of veterinarian products containing certain chemicals.

For more information contact ANMAT (Administracion Nacional de Medicamentos, Alimentos y Tecnologia Medica) (National Administration of Pharmaceuticals, Foods, and Medical Technology).

Health supplements containing ingredients should have a "warning" sign. Specific language may be required.

(Last updated on 2014-04-11)

Cosmetics

An import permit is required for cosmetics and toiletries.

Cosmetics and toiletries must be registered with ANMAT.

(Last updated on 2014-04-18)

Chemicals, toxic

Certain dangerous chemicals (and products containing them) are prohibited.

(Last updated on 2013-01-01)

Pesticides, insecticides, fungicides

An import permit is required.

Maximum Residue Levels apply to pesticides. For current MRL list see InfoLeg and search for Resolution #256/2003. (Website is in Spanish.)

Insecticides must be registered with the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Fishing, and Food.

(Last updated on 2014-04-18)

Explosives

Import permit is required.

(Last updated on 2014-04-11)

Petroleum and petroleum products

Petroleum products are subject to various additional taxes.

(Last updated on 2013-01-01)

Rubber and plastics, and products thereof

Certain plastics and products made of plastic may require an import license for statistical purposes.

(Last updated on 2014-04-14)

Textiles, apparel and other textile articles (general)

An import license is required for textile products.

Imports of raw cotton are prohibited.

Textiles may be subject to control at customs checkpoints.

(Last updated on 2014-04-07)

Textiles and Apparel: Wearing apparel

Import license is required.

Apparel may be subject to control at Customs checkpoints.

(Last updated on 2014-04-07)

Textiles and Apparel: Used wearing apparel and textile products

Used clothing is prohibited.

(Last updated on 2013-05-24)

Footwear

Temporary quotas exist for footwear.

Prior government approval may be required.

Footwear may be subject to control at Customs checkpoints.

(Last updated on 2014-04-14)

Metals, and products thereof

Iron, steel, and other metal products require an import license.

(Last updated on 2013-01-01)

Machinery and appliances (general)

Certain products must meet safety standards. They include: Household appliances, electronics, electrical products, gas products, toys, covers for dangerous products, steel, protective equipment, and elevators.

For more information on standards contact: Argentinean Institute for Standardization and Certification (IRAM) (Instituto Argentino de Normalización y Certificación), Peru 552/556, Buenos Aires; phone: +54 11 4346 0600; fax: +54 11 4346 0601; e-mail: iram4@sminter.com.ar

Electronic goods and household appliances may be subject to control at customs checkpoints.

(Last updated on 2014-04-07)

Machinery and appliances: Electrical (line-powered)

A certificate of conformity is required for electrical products. Certification must be issued by an organization that is accredited by: OAA (Organismo Argentino de Acreditacion) (Argentine Accreditation Organization).

Electronic devices and household appliances may be subject to control at customs checkpoints.

(Last updated on 2014-04-18)

Machinery and appliances: Electrically battery-powered

Electronic devices and household appliances may be subject to control at customs checkpoints.

(Last updated on 2014-04-07)

Machinery and appliances: Telecommunications equipment, radios, TVs, and RF devices

Temporary import restrictions may apply on cell phones.

Generally applicable import requirements for telecommunications equipment:

For these products it is very important for an exporter to check requirements with a prospective importer before concluding the product sale and certainly before shipping product.

(Last updated on 2014-11-14)

Machinery and capital equipment, used

Capital goods require an Import License.

Imports of used capital equipment require a certificate legalized by an Argentinian Embassies/Consulates in the country of exportation.

There are strict regulations concerning the import of used capital goods. Many used capital goods are prohibited importation.

Import requirements for used goods have changed as per Decree 2646/12 which became effective January 10, 2013. For more information see: Decreto No. 2646/12 (in Spanish). The modifications affect products classified under HTS Chapters 84 through 90, which are listed in three Annexes (1a, 1b and 1c). Some of the modifications include the following:

(Last updated on 2013-05-27)

Vehicles (general)

Certain special vehicles require government approval.

There is an import quota system for automobiles and automobile parts. These quotas are likely to be phased out gradually. Some types of automobiles and automobile parts must meet local content requirements, depending on their MERCOSUR tariff classification.

Motorcycles may be subject to control at customs checkpoints.

General requirements (applies to most countries): There are a variety of requirements that typically or may apply to the import of automobiles and other highway vehicles and parts thereof, including:

For country-specific information see the International Trade Administration Office of Transportation and Machinery's publication: Compilation of Foreign Motor Vehicle Import Requirements.

(Last updated on 2014-04-11)

Medical devices and equipment

An import permit required for medical devices.

Medical devices require special certification.

(Last updated on 2014-04-11)

Arms and ammunition (general)

The General Directorate of Military Factories must approve imports of weapons.

(Last updated on 2013-01-01)

Arms and ammunition for military or police use

Import permit is required.

(Last updated on 2014-04-11)

Furniture

Import license is required.

(Last updated on 2013-01-01)

Toys, sporting goods, and baby products

An import license is required for toys regardless of their country of origin.

Toys may be subject to control at Customs checkpoints.

(Last updated on 2014-04-07)

Artwork, antiques, cultural artifacts and collectors items

As a member of UNESCO this country is a signatory of the World Heritage Convention, which defines the kind of natural or cultural sites that are to be considered for inscription on the World Heritage List. By signing this Convention, each country pledges to conserve not only the World Heritage sites situated on its territory, but also to protect its national heritage.

Under the Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act stolen objects may be seized if there is documentation of it in a museum or institution of a state party and issues of world cultural and natural heritage are affected.

The UNIDROIT (International Institute for the Unification of Private Law) Convention on Stolen or Illicitly Exported Cultural Objects of 1995 calls for the return of illegally exported cultural objects.

For reference contact: UNESCO Headquarters, 1, rue Miollis, F-75732 Paris Cedex 15, France; phone: +33 145 681000; fax: +33 145 671690

(Last updated on 2014-12-03)

Media containing data, including books

Import license is required for books, newspapers and printed products.

(Last updated on 2013-01-01)

Media containing religious subject matter, including books

Import license is required.

(Last updated on 2013-01-01)

Other products with special requirements or restrictions

Used goods are subject to special requirements.

Import requirements for used goods have changed as per Decree 2646/12 which became effective January 10, 2013. For more information see: Decreto No. 2646/12 (in Spanish). The modifications affect products classified under HTS Chapters 84 through 90, which are listed in three Annexes (1a, 1b and 1c). Some of the modifications include the following:

Certain restricted products may be subject to control at Customs checkpoints. These products include: household appliances, electronic devices, motorcycles, textiles, apparel, footwear and toys.

(Last updated on 2014-04-07)

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