Facilitating trade between Argentina and Chile
In May, the sanitary services of Argentina and Chile agreed to issue the first Electronic Phytosanitary Certificates (ePhyto). This will make it possible to eliminate the use of paper for sanitary certificates that cover a trade of more than 3 million tons of products and by-products of plant origin, and will improve inspection and certification procedures between both countries.
US WITHDRAWS FROM WHO AND KEEPS THE WTO IN SIGHT
Last April, the Trump administration temporarily suspended his country’s contributions to the WHO, estimated at about 450 million dollars a year, approximately 15% of the institution’s budget. During the 73rd WHO Assembly held on May 18 and 19, Donald Trump warned that said suspension would be final if the organization did not make “substantive improvements” in its operation. Without specifying what these would consist of, the US president reiterated his criticism of the body related to the management of the coronavirus pandemic and its apparent subordination to the interests of China. On the occasion of the same Assembly, Xi Jinping differed from this procedure and offered 2,000 million dollars to assist developing countries in the fight against the virus.
USA MAINTAINS SANCTIONS AGAINST ARGENTINE BIODIESEL
On May 12, the US Department of Commerce published final decisions stating that there is not a sufficient change in circumstances to warrant review of the antidumping and countervailing duties that govern imports of Argentine biodiesel.
ARGENTINA EXPORTS WINES TO CHINA AND OPTIMIZES THE USE OF SANITARY FLIGHTS
In March, the Argentine Foreign Ministry signed an agreement with the Argentine Vitivinícola Corporation (Coviar) and Aerolíneas Argentinas to export products from the wine industry to China with preferential transport rates. This strategic link will allow the use of medical flights to improve the presence of the country’s key export products in the Asian market. A similar agreement is also being worked on for the transport of blueberries.
Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship of Argentina