This barrier is unrelated to the end of the transition period, following the United Kingdom's departure from the EU.


Discretionary approval of non-automatic import licences ('SIMIs') in Argentina

in Argentina

Trade barrier summary

For some 87% of a businesses product lines for goods - for all industry sectors - exported to Argentina, import licences are granted automatically. Non-automatic licences were introduced to control imports and the amount of currency leaving the economy. In the last year, the Argentine government has increased the number of products that require non-automatic approval. The criteria for granting the licences is not transparent, and decisions can be delayed beyond the time limit stipulated in the WTO Agreement on Import Licensing Procedures of 60 days.

Sectors affected

  • All sectors



Date reported

6 August 2019

Last updated

18 December 2020

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