People in Argentina buying books online from foreign companies will be substantially affected by the new set of rules intended to toughen controls over imports, the opposition newspaper La Nación wrote today.
According to the newspaper, courier companies will be no longer able to deliver books bought online to the doorstep, given the restriction on the entry of foreigner goods also applying to books, magazines and all printed materials, including brochures.
Libraries and publishing companies will have to declare the amount of goods brought in the country by swearing in and signing an official declaration beforehand, and eventually picking it up from the custom office.
This means that they would be required to go personally to the Ezeiza cargo area and ask for the specific book, which would be labeled as “Particulares”.
Officially, the measure has been taken to protect the “people’s health and safety”: the government, in fact, claims that tougher controls are intended to eliminate the dangers arising from the use of inks with high levels of lead in some of the printing material.
The resolution 453/2010, in fact, sets the limit of lead used in the printing inks to 0,06%. De facto, the norm started to be applied on the last 12th of March.
“The result is that all the printed material is also subject to special treatment at customs [like any other good], in this case to check on the amount of lead used in the inks. Until late 12th of March, there were no restrictions, for example, for books delivered with courier services. Now, a publishing company must have through the same process than any other good,” said a lawyer specialised in foreign trade and customs law to La Nación.
Courier services are used for shipping goods weighing up to 50kg and worth less than US$1000.
According to the new set of trade regulation laws introduced on the 1st of February, anyone seeking to import products in Argentina is required to fill in the Anticipated Sworn Declaration of Imports (DJAI).