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They indicate that they end up paying extra costs for official delays. The deadlines of the Central Bank complicate medical supplies

Importers point out that delays in the approval of non-automatic licenses and problems for the entry of merchandise generate cost overruns, linked to the deadlines determined by the Central Bank for the entry of merchandise once the currencies have been drawn.

And they warn that there could be a new import stocks, the newspaper Perfil reported. In this context, the liquidation of exports is also declining due to the exchange gap (differential between the official dollar and the parallel dollars).

“When they started issuing, the approval of non-automatic licenses was cut,” explained a businessman in the sector.

“We sent letters to the Ministry of Foreign Trade, in charge of Ariel Schale. We had SIMI (orders of the Integral Import Monitoring System) approved but they asked us to cancel them to request new ones,” explained a tire importer.

But the government indicates that “there are no significant delays” and that “SIMI orders decreased significantly in April and only in the last week did they begin to reactivate.”

From the Productive Development area, they indicated to the morning that “if they were asked to cancel them, it was because they were wrong” and they remember that “in line with the WTO, there are 60 working days to analyze the applications. However, as indicated, for the vast majority of operations that time in practice is minimal, “said official sources.

In the case of those that import medical supplies, which are lacking globally and for which there are delays in manufacturing and delivery due to strong demand, they warn that they do not meet the deadlines imposed by the Central Bank for the merchandise entry.

To make an order for syringes to Asia today, you must pay the advance of 30%, the production of that order takes about 60 to 70 days, plus 7 days of shipment at origin, plus 45 or 50 days of travel, and another 7 days of nationalization. In total, they are between 135 and 140 days.

“It is impossible to arrive within 90 days” proposed by the BCRA.

Cost overruns in the midst of the pandemic are another of the issues that importers mark. Some pass them on to costs, and commodities become more expensive. Others mark that there is no margin to add them, with markets “broken in the middle” by the coronavirus.

“So far this year, 91% of the SIMIs requested have been authorized. 80% of SIMIs with LNA are authorized within 48 business hours,” indicated Productive Development before consulting the Profile newspaper.

From the area in charge of Matías Kulfas they maintain that 99% of the requests for extension were authorized when an importer expired the term to nationalize the merchandise.

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