Requirements to be an Importer: Registration, Advantages and MORE

The requirements to be an importer in Argentina, the advantages, registration and much more, are detailed in this article.

Import is the purchase or acquisition of products, services or goods originating in another nation.

Through importing a country can achieve supply of the nonexistence or lack of any good, product or service.

In this sense, with the purpose of favoring the national production, the Argentine authorities created a list of 1,400 products that cannot be massively imported.

However, this measure does not limit import of these products for private or personal use, up to a maximum of five units annually.

With this measure, it is also safeguard jobs that make possible the presence of certain national products in the Argentine market.

Likewise, it is important to mention that at the beginning of 2018, the national authorities authorized the importation of some articles contained in the indicated list.

The authorized products are within the group of electronics, of which we will mention some below:

  1. Air conditioning equipment.
  2. Cellphones.
  3. Microwave ovens.
  4. Televisions
  5. DVD
  6. Among others.

Consequently, these items do not require In the processing of import permits, the same criterion is applied to products of the companies that commercialize the related services.

Requirements to be an Importer

One of the main requirements to be an importer is to register in the federal administration of public income or AFIP.

That is why to perform the I register the applicant You must complete the following procedures:

  • The inscription in the special register customs, it is a simple procedure, but it may take a few days.
  • Being registered in the special customs registry, it is necessary to obtain the unique key code for tax identification or CUIT.
  • You also need the registration with the General Directorate of Customs or DGA. With this registration the applicant will be certificate to import or export.

In the case of registration with the DGA, requires other documentation, either if you work as a natural person or act as a legal entity, so you may need:

  • Have VAT registration or of the simplified regime for small contributors.
  • Avoid presenting bankruptcy status.
  • Have completed the procedures for register biometric data, in the registration system of the company’s representatives.
  • Have the SICNEA certificate and SITA.
  • It is important not possess any kind of criminal record, this is for both companies and individuals.
  • Make a certified financial solvency and deliver the guarantee, this requirement must be met only by natural persons.

Requirements to be an Importer: Import Registration

The import record refers to the procedure that It is carried out before the General Customs Directorate, which certifies that the applicant is authorized to import.

This registration is carried out either for a natural person as for a legal one, so it is necessary to have the following documentation:

  • Registration of VAT or also of simplified regimen for small taxpayers.
  • For this record it is necessary not to file bankruptcy status.
  • Procedure carried out for the registration of biometric data in the registration system, of the proxies of the company.

  • SICNEA certificate and SITA.
  • It is important not have any kind of background judicial or criminal, this requirement is for companies and independent.
  • Deliver economic solvency and guarantee, in the case of natural persons.

It is important to note that this record is one of the main requirements to be an importer.

What things cannot be imported to Argentina?

With the purpose of favor national production In the country, there is a group of 1,400 products that cannot be massively imported.

In this sense, safeguard jobs that make possible the existence of certain national products in the Argentine market.

However, this measure does not limit importing these products for private use, up to a maximum of five units annually with a dollar limit.

For the aforementioned below are mentioned some of the 1,400 products that should not be imported:

  • The paper and cardboard to decorate walls, partitions, among others.
  • The heaters, cauldron and gas ovens.
  • The refrigerator, refrigerators and freezers.

  • The teams electromechanical for domestic use.
  • Articles for sports gymnastics, table tennis, and outdoor games.
  • Too party supplies and carnival.
  • The articles of sport fishing, as well as fishing rods and hooks.
  • Tractors, motorcycles or tricycles with engines between 258 to 800 cc.
  • Bikes.
  • Rugs and coatings for floor.
  • Clothing, textile products, leather goods or leather goods.
  • Articles of cotton, wool, synthetic fibers.
  • Instruments photography and optics or cinematography.
  • Products of foundry of iron, articles of steel, iron or copper.
  • Footwear in general (dress or sports).
  • Tools.
  • Cutlery desk.
  • Parts of wagons or train machines.
  • Boats, boats fishing boats, tugs.
  • Tires in general, manufactures of rubber.
  • Articles toilet, soap.
  • Chemicals inorganic.
  • Toys.
  • Plastic and plastic manufactures.
  • Wood, furniture and wood manufactures.
  • Products editorials.
  • Products ceramics and glass, or their articles.
  • Industry automotive.
  • Machinery agricultural.
  • Among others.

It is important to mention that early 2018 the national authorities authorized the importation of some items from the electronics group.

Inside of the electronic group: Air conditioners, cell phones, microwave ovens, televisions, DVD and others.

Requirements to be an Importer: Advantages

The import is based in obtaining goods or raw materials from a different country, to another nation where the purchased merchandise will arrive.

The otherwise it is the export, which involves the entire marketing and sales process outside the country.

Both processes demand a range of different requirements to the commercialization in the same country.

That is why before make the decision to import or export, it is necessary to previously evaluate if all the boldness that must be done, will add value to the objective set.

In this sense, it can be said that in Argentina there are aspects very advantageous for importers.

So, below is a list that provides a better understanding of the benefits of the import activity:

  1. It allows boost growth commercial, economic and tourist.
  2. Encourages the export of local products.
  3. Increases the appearance of companies, competition and with them the increase in jobs.
  4. Surety the work of transit and maritime, land and air transport.
  5. It favors the construction of customs, port, storage and cargo establishments, among others.
  6. Generally the free zones tend to become centers of exchange for goods and services, which also increases the number of jobs in those regions.
  7. In the free zones products are obtained at a lower cost, since imports enjoy tax exemptions or reductions in those regions of the country.

How much does it cost to be an Importer in Argentina?

Imports in the country are loaded with Import Duties, which can be between zero percent (0%) and thirty-five percent (35%).

That is why the tax value charged import will be subject to the type of merchandise. There are also other import taxes that are mentioned below:

  • Anti Dumping.
  • Compensatory.
  • Specific.
  • Among others.

In addition, to estimate the cost of importing in Argentina it is necessary to know that the portion assigned to the products will be subject to the tariff level.

Additional to that portion assigned, is the statistical tax that is between 0% and 0.5%, as well as other taxes among which the following stand out:

  • The application general VAT It is between ten point five percent (10.5%) and twenty-one percent (21%), for a certain type of merchandise.
  • Also exists one more VAT.
  • There is a tax of Profits.
  • If necessary, a three percent tax (3%) by gross income.
  • Applies an officialization and digitization fee Customs in all cases, and the SENASA fee in the case of products with wooden packaging.

To get detailed information about the estimation of import costs, you can consult the link «What are the import costs«.

What does it mean to be an Importer?

The action of importing is the purchase or acquisition of products, services or goods originating in another nation.

Through this type of trade, a country can achieve sourcing of the nonexistence or lack of any good, product or service.

Also import allows to improve the high cost or the low quality of some national goods or services, since it can provide a market with goods from other nations.

Likewise, imports are helpful as they promote competition in trade from regions of the importing country.

On the other hand, it could also produce an adverse effect in the economy of the country, due, among other things, to the fact that the products are of better quality.

The import, can be done through different routes: Air, sea, land or river.

In addition, according to experts import has effects on the trade balance of the nation, since this is the seat where the relationship between imports and exports is evident.

In this sense, the import is considered positive when exports are greater than imports and negative when the opposite case occurs.

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