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REVISION #:
388
COUNTRY:
Argentina
MEMO:
The República Argentina is bordered by Bolivia, Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay, Chile and the Atlantic Ocean. Member of ALADI (Latin American Association of Integration) & MERCOSUR. Population: 40,913 million. Capital: Buenos Aires, Principal Ports: Buenos Aires (13,356,000), Mar del Plata (570,000), La Plata (690,000), Rosario (1,200,000), Santa Fé (470,000).
NOTE:
Documents required for most commercial shipments Copies req'd abroad Board of Trade or Chamber of Commerce Consular Visa Your File Total number of copies
Certified Copies retained Req'd Copies Retained
S
E
A
Bills of Lading 3+3 no none no none 1 3+4
Comm. Invoice 2 no none no none 1 3
Comment Certificate of Origin see details below
Cert. of Origin              
Packing List 2 no none no none 1 3
A
I
R
Air Waybill 1 no none no none 1 2
Comm. Invoice 2 no none no none 1 3
Comment Certificate of Origin see details below
Cert. of Origin              
Packing List 2 no none no none 1 3
M
A
I
L
Postal Declaration 1 set no none no none 1cc 1 set
Comm. Invoice 2 no none no none 1 3
Comment Certificate of Origin see details below
Cert. of Origin              
Packing List 2 no none no none 1 3
LANGUAGE:
Spanish
WEIGHTS AND MEASURES:
Metric System
CURRENCY:
1 Argentine Peso (arg$) = 100 Centavos
ISO-CODE:
ARS
TIME:
2 hours ahead of EST
HOLIDAYS:
Jan. 1; March 24; May 1, 25; July 9; Oct. 12; Dec. 8, 25, 31 as well as Carnival, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Malvinas Day, National Flag Day, General San Martin’s Anniversary and Columbus Day, which have variable dates.
EMBASSY:
81 Metcalf Street, 7th Floor,
Ottawa, ON, K1P 6K7,
Tel.: (613) 236-2351,
Fax: (613) 235-2659.
CONSULAR SECTION:
CONSULATE GENERAL:
2000 Peel Street, Suite 600,
Montreal, QC, H3A 2W5,
Tel.: (514) 842-6582, Fax: (514) 842-5797.
– Services Ottawa, Quebec & Eastern Provinces

5001 Yonge Street, Suite 201,
Toronto, ON, M2N 6P6,
Tel.: (416) 955-9075, Fax: (416) 955-0868.
– Services Ontario (except Ottawa), Manitoba & Western Provinces.
CANADIAN REPRESENTATION:
Canadian Embassy,
Tagle 2828,
C 1425 EEH Buenos Aires, Argentina,
Tel.: (011-54-11) 4808-1000,
Fax: (011-54-11) 4808-1111.
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE:
Camara de Comercio,
Avenida Leandro N. Alem 36, Piso 10,
C 1003 AAN Buenos Aires, Argentina,
Tel.: (011-54-11) 5300-9000,
Fax: (011-54-11) 4331-9972.
INTERNATIONAL DIRECT DIALING CODE:
011-54 + area code + local number (Buenos Aires added a 3 or 4 before their previous numbers).
ELECTRICITY SUPPLY:
220v, 50 cycles AC.
IMPORT RESTRICTIONS:
Import Licenses or Import Permits are required for a number of items. Regulations in this regard change frequently. Shipments of used clothing, used cars and motorcycles, used agricultural machinery, toxic waste and reconditioned tires are prohibited. Strict controls and regulations are enforced regarding used or reconditioned machinery and a certificate from the original manufacturer is required. The Argentine Ministry of Health requires fully licensed importers to register with them all foodstuffs, pharmaceuticals, veterinary, medical, cleaning and personal hygiene products. Pre-shipment Inspections are no longer required.
EXCHANGE CONTROL:
No restrictions.
BILLS OF LADING:
3 Originals plus copies as required. Must bear the name of shipper. Give accurate and detailed description of goods and specify volume and gross weight of shipment in kilos. The Consignee Tax ID number (CUIT/CUIL) must be noted. May be made out “to order”, except for perishable goods. In the event of a “to order” B/L, the Notify Party Tax ID number must be provided. Also note first 6 digits of HS-code number. Shippers of chemicals must show the exact technical description and IMCO class number. Must state any wooden packaging or packing material contained in the shipment and whether or not it has been treated. Alterations are not allowed.
CONSULAR INVOICES:
None.
CONSULAR FEES:
Consular Fees change frequently and can vary depending on the document being legalized – contact the applicable (see service regions for each consulate under CONSULATES) Consulate BEFORE sending your cheque or money order to confirm fees.

For Certificates of Origin, Phytosanitary Certificates, Certificate of Warranty or Reconditioning or other commercial documents the fees are C$ 260.00 per legalized signature (add C$ 52.00 to this amount if immediate turnaround of documents is necessary, otherwise documents will be processed within a week). Attach a certified cheque or money order payable to “Consulate General of Argentina” to your letter requesting legalization by the Consulate General as well as a postage-paid return envelope or prepaid courier waybill (keep a record of the waybill number for tracking purposes). For Commercial Invoices (if legalization especially requested), in addition to the above, a “Consular Visto” must be performed where the Consulate views the documents and verifies date & place of presentation. For this service, the Consulate charges an additional fee of C$ 260.00.
CERTIFICATE OF ORIGIN:
1, on general forms now required for textiles, clothing and footwear as well as for goods under anti-dumping investigations by the Customs authorities. This list may change from time to time and it is advisable to check with the consignee if a Certificate of Origin is required. It is to be signed by an authorized person in your company as well as certified by an authorized Board of Trade, Chamber of Commerce (which may retain 1 copy) or Notary Public which is then subsequently to be authenticated by:

Global Affairs Canada
Authentication Services Section
125 Sussex Drive,
Ottawa, ON, K1A 0G2,
Tel.: 1-800-267-8376 or 1-613-944-4000.

Attach a letter with your mailing address and telephone number and state in the letter the services you wish to be performed. Documents will be certified by Global Affairs Canada, Authentication Services Section, free of charge and passed on to the Consulate General for legalization. Also attach a self-addressed courier waybill or postage paid envelope for the return of your documents.

Please note that ASDS turnaround time may be as long as 3 weeks.

Details of the process are outlined at the links below:

http://ctoro.mrecic.gov.ar/en/node/794
(Toronto Consulate)

http://www.cmrea.mrecic.gob.ar/en/node/360
(Montreal Consulate)

The Consulate General will retain 1 copy (see fees and procedure under CONSULAR FEES).

If a product is manufactured outside of Canada and a Certificate of Origin is required, the exporter must supply the original (or copy) of the certificate issued by the country of origin, whereby the exporter must make a sworn declaration on the reverse of the said document stating:

a) The exporter is the owner of the merchandise/goods to be exported.

b) Date and number of the invoice by which the Canadian exporter bought the original goods from an exporter in a third country.

c) Full name of the Importer in Argentina

d) Description of the goods to be exported to Argentina, quantity and its gross weight.

e) This sworn declaration must be signed and stamped by the exporter and this signature must be authenticated (signed and stamped) by the Chamber of Commerce/Board of Trade or by a Notary Public.

IMPORTANT: This certificate of origin can be legalized up to one year of the date of issue and it should be submitted to Argentina within 6 (six) months as of the date of legalization by this Consulate.

COMMERCIAL INVOICES:
Original and 1 copy in Spanish or English. Consular legalization is generally not required. However, if the Letter of Credit stipulates legalization of Commercial Invoices, the Consulate General will legalize them for a flat fee per signature as listed under CONSULAR FEES.

Invoices must show following breakdown of price:
FOB price………………currency in US$ or C$
Freight……………………………(if applicable)
Other expenses…………………...(if applicable)
Insurance…………………………(if applicable)
TOTAL C+F or CIF VALUE…………………..

The following declaration must be shown on every copy of the invoice:

“Declaramos 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 a pagarse. Declaramos en igual forma que no existen convenios que permitan alteraciones de estos precios”.

(Translation: I declare under oath that all the information contained in this invoice is true and correct and that the price indicated is that really paid. I further declare that there are no agreements to allow alterations in said price.)

Also, show number and date of invoice, name/address of consignee, means of shipment, country of origin, kind, quality, quantity, gross and net weights, port of shipment and destination. Give accurate and detailed description of goods and specify volume and gross weight of shipment in kilos – this will be checked against packing list and Bills of Lading. The Consignee Tax ID number (CUIT/CUIL) must be noted. Also note first 6 digits of HS-code number. Shippers of chemicals must show the exact technical description and IMCO class number.

To be signed by an authorized person. (If consular legalization is requested, the Commercial Invoices must be certified by a Board of Trade / Chamber of Commerce or by a Notary Public (only those listed by the Consulate General are acceptable, see at:

http://ctoro.mrecic.gov.ar/es/node/777

both the Board of Trade as well as the Consulate General will retain 1 copy).

Important: The invoice must bear pen-written signatures. Carbon copies or photocopies of signatures are not accepted by the Customs authorities.
PACKING LIST:
Required in English, Spanish or French showing net and gross weight, number and type of packages and contents of each and bearing the signed declaration:

“We swear that all the information contained in this Packing List is true and correct.”

Give accurate and detailed description of goods and specify volume and gross weight of shipment in kilos – this will be checked against commercial invoice and bill of lading.

Legalization or certification normally not required.

Further, state whether the shipment contains any wooden packaging or packing materials
SPECIAL CERTIFICATES:
1.) Phytosanitary Certificate issued by an official authority and legalized by the Consulate General must accompany shipments of plants, seeds, grain, plant propagation material and peat.

2.) Health Certificates are required food and foodstuffs, including vegetables and fruit as well as certain medical products or supplies.

3.) Certificate of Age may be required for whiskey and other alcoholic beverages. This must also be legalized by the Consulate General.

4.) Declaration on Product Composition (materials used for the manufacture of the product) may be required for clothing, footwear and carpets.

5.) Certificate of Warranty or Reconditioning must be supplied for reconditioned machinery. This document must be legalized by the Consulate General.


MARKING OF GOODS:
Country of origin must be prominently shown on containers, labels and on the objects themselves preferably in Spanish, but well known expressions such as “Made in Canada” are accepted. Quality, quantity metric measurement of net weight or contents must also be indicated. Special regulations apply to cloth used for making garments, leather goods, preserved foodstuffs, pharmaceutical products, disinfectants, insecticides, etc.
PACKING MATERIAL:
Argentina has implemented the requirements of the International Standard on Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM15), which means all raw wood packaging material and dunnage will have to be treated and marked in accordance with these regulations:

wood has been heat treated or kiln dried to a minimum core temperature of 56 degree C for at least 30 minutes in an approved facility;
or
wood has been fumigated with an approved chemical in accordance with an officially recognized technical specification.

In lieu of a Treatment Certificate or Phytosanitary Certificate, the wood must display an approved marking, enabling the identification of where and by whom the treatment has been carried out. For additional details, visit the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) website:

http://www.inspection.gc.ca/plants/forestry/exports/ht-program/eng/1319462565070/1319462677967


Packaging made of manufactured wood (particleboard, plywood, laminates etc.), corrugated cardboard, plastic, etc. is exempt from these regulations.

Shipments with wood packaging may still be subject to inspections and delays at import.
MARKING OF CASES:
Brush or stencil; marks, numbers, gross and net weight in kilos, country of origin on at least two sides. Repetition of numbers on packages shipped under one B/L prohibited.
AIR FREIGHT:
Foregoing regulations apply. Airports with customs facilities: Bahia Blanca, Bariloche, Buenos Aires, Córdoba, Corrientes, Jujuy, Mar del Plata, Mendoza, Posada, Resistencia, Rio Grande, Rosario, Santa Fé, Tucumán.
The AWB must state whether the shipment contains any wooden packaging or packing materials and whether it has been treated (see PACKING MATERIAL).
POSTAL PARCELS:
Foregoing regulations apply.
SAMPLES:
Not permitted entry by sea or by air without employing Customs Brokers. Samples of “no commercial value” are admitted duty free and should be marked “Muestras sin valor”. Samples having commercial value are subject to normal duties. Dutiable samples may be imported on a temporary basis subject to guarantee. Samples of value should not be sent unless requested by the importer.
BANKS:
Banco de la Nacion Argentina; Banco de Galicia; Banco de la Provincia de Buenos Aires; Banco de Estado de Sao Paulo; Banco Sudameris Argentina; Banco Europeo para America Latina; ABN-AMRO Bank; Banco Nacionale del Lavoro; Banco Bica; Banco Bisel; Banco Mayo; Banco Mercantil; Banco Quilmes; Banco Rio de la Plata; Bansud; Standard Chartered.
DUTIES:
Assessed mainly ad valorem on the transaction value. Tariff is based on the Harmonized System (H.S.). Some goods from member countries of ALADI are allowed entry at reduced rates of duty. Argentina is also a member of the MERCOSUR Customs Union along with Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay and lower tariff rates apply for these countries. Otherwise single tier tariff operates.
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