Country Guide: Argentina

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Updated: November 14, 2016

Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Original passport with Manifiesta Esperar Equipaje No Acompanado (note stating that the owner of the goods is expecting a household goods shipment), stamped by Customs
  • Bill of lading (OBL) / air waybill (AWB)
  • Original national identity document (DNI) or original Residencia Precaria (if DNI is unavailable)
  • Permanent resident visa, if applicable
  • Full contact details (phone, e-mail, and address of delivery)
  • Migration certificate (must indicate the entries and departures of the owner of the goods for the previous 2 years – sea / truck shipments only)
  • Caution policy issued by a local insurance company for air shipments (foreigners holding a temporary visa)
  • Clave Unica de Identification Laboral  (CUIL) certificate / Clave Unica de Identificacion Tributaria (CUIT) certificate (Argentine and foreign citizens with a permanent visa)
  • Customs guarantee
  • Diplomatic franchise from the Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs (diplomats and military personnel)
  • Residence certificate
  • Temporary permit

 

Specific Information

  • Owners of the goods must declare to Customs officers upon entry that a shipment is expected and a note must be provided in the passport (diplomats are excluded from this requirement).
  • Diplomats must present a full copy of the passport stamped by the diplomatic organization or the official foreign organization where the owner of the goods is employed.
  • The origin of the move is the last place of residence of the owner of the goods.
  • If the owner of the goods’ passport was issued within 12 months, a previous passport must be presented; for citizenship in multiple countries, all passports must be presented.
  • Shipments must arrive within 6 months of the owner of the goods’ stamped date of entry.
  • Owners of the goods should be available upon request for attendance at Customs clearance.
  • All shipments are subject to physical inspection.
  • Documents must be received by the agent at least 48 hours prior to the arrival of the shipment.
  • The residence certificate must be issued by the Argentine Consulate in the origin country and state the time lived abroad; if the owner of the goods has lived in multiple countries during the previous 2 years, certificates are required from each country.
  • The diplomatic franchise must be obtained by the diplomatic organization or the official foreign organization where the owner of the goods is officially employed.
  • If the owner of the goods has lived abroad for more than 12 months and has not re-entered Argentina for more than 60 cumulative days during the 12 months prior to re-entry, the shipment can be imported duty free.
    • The owner of the goods can import only one shipment duty free every 3 years (Argentine and foreign citizens with a permanent visa).
  • If the owner of the goods has been living abroad for more than 2 years, the shipment can be imported duty free.
    • Customs will not consider how many days the customer has accumulated in Argentina during the 12 months prior to re-entry.
    • The owner of the goods can import only one shipment duty free every 7 years (Argentine and foreign citizens with a permanent visa).
  • Shipments of foreigners holding a tourist visa cannot be imported.
  • All documents written in Spanish must be translated by an official translator and certified by the Colegio Argentino de Traductores.
  • All documents must be certified and legalized by the Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • Foreigners with a temporary resident visa must pay taxes and duties for the importation of household goods and personal effects of approximately 50% of the freight on board (FOB) value or bring them into the country under temporary admission, as follows:
    • The items must be guaranteed (bonded) for the duration of the visa or a period determined by Customs when the shipment is released;
      • The Bond must be renewed before the expiration date.
    • The goods can be guaranteed by a local insurance company through a Poliza de Caucion or, if the owner of the goods’ employer is registered as an import / export agent in Argentina, through the signature of a person authorized (most commonly performed).
    • If at the expiration date of the guarantee the visa has not be renewed, the goods must be re-exported before the expiration date of the guarantee and the visa.
      • If a permanent residence visa has been obtained, the goods must be nationalized and the guarantee will be cancelled without paying taxes or duties.
    • The bond system is applicable for all moves arriving by sea, land, or air.

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Owner of the goods’ original passport
  • OBL / CRT / AWB (2 copies)
  • Vehicle title / documentation (foreigners holding a temporary visa)
  • Original purchase invoice, certified by the Argentine Consulate at origin country
  • Diplomatic franchise (diplomats and military personnel)
  • Temporary admission forms, completed and signed by owner of the goods (foreigners holding temporary visa)
  • Resident certificate (issued by the Argentine Consulate in the origin country) 

 

Specific Information

  • The vehicle title must be under the owner of the goods’ name for at least 3 months prior to departure from the origin country.
  • Vehicles must arrive within 6 months of owner of the goods’ entry date.
  • Vehicles must be registered / titles under the owner of the goods’ name.
  • The importation of new vehicles is subject to the Ministry of Commerce regulations and is limited to certain types of vehicles.
  • New vehicles may not be imported.
  • Diplomats can import used or new cars with a diplomatic franchise issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs duty free.
    • The owner of the goods should confirm that diplomatic status will allow the procedure.
  • Returning Argentine citizens may import used vehicles only (one car and one motorcycle for each adult member of the family).
    • The importation will be dutiable, except in very specific cases.
  • Foreigners with permanent resident status may import used vehicles only, under the same rules that apply to returning Argentine citizens.
  • Foreigners with a temporary visa may import used vehicles under temporary admission and will not be charged duties and taxes.
    • Vehicles are only allowed temporary admission for the duration of the visa and can be renewed upon renewal of the visa.
    • Vehicles must be removed from Argentina prior to the expiration of the visa.
  • Vehicles must retain original plates.
  • Argentine citizens possessing a residence certificate, issued by the Argentine Consulate from the origin country, and living abroad for more than 2 years can import one car duty free unless the car is valued at more than USD $15,000, then duties and taxes will be assessed on it.
  • The duties and taxes are as follows:
    • Standard autos            81% of the cost, insurance, and freight value (CIF)
    • Diesel                           100% CIF
    • Motorcycles                  110% CIF
  • The residence certificate must state the duration the owner of the goods has lived abroad (Argentine citizens with permanent residence visa).

Pets

Documents Required

  • Veterinary health certificate
  • Vaccination record

 

Specific Information

  • The veterinary health certificate must be issued within 10 days of arrival and stamped by the nearest Argentine Consulate, if possible.
  • All documents must accompany animal for entry.
  • Dogs and cats arriving from Asia (except Japan) and Africa must obtain a special import permit prior to arrival.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • Archeological or paleontological patrimony (fossils, human, remains, collections and sediment geological, etc.)
    • Once admitted to the country, its export will not be permitted
  • Works of art and monuments of recent antiquity (authorization is required)
  • Wood or items must be treated specifically for pests
  • Weapons (must be declared and authorized by the Registro  Nacional de Armas (RENAR)
  • Alcoholic beverages (30 liters)
  • Items considered commercial (determined through quantity, quality or type)
  • Original paintings and works of art (specialized form is required; check with agent)

Prohibited Items

  • Items compromising public, animal, and agricultural health
  • Organic products (soil, firewood, wood, animal parts, dried insects, etc.)
  • Narcotics or illegal drugs
  • Pornographic material of any kind
  • Dangerous, toxic or flammable items
  • Stolen or smuggled items
  • Currency (actual or counterfeit)
  • Food
  • Spare parts or parts of any vehicle
  • Items which contain an internal – combustion or outboard engines
  • Items that are not considered as part of a move for Argentine Customs

Consignment Instructions

Recommended: Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.

 

Helpful Website(s):

http://embassyofargentina.us/embassyofargentina.us/en/home.htm

https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country/argentina.html

 

IAM Note: Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This document is provided as a guide and for information only. While IAM has exercised reasonable care in publishing this document, IAM makes no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability.