Chile imposed a temporary import tariff surcharge of 10.8 percent for Argentine cracked corn starting Friday, April 27, 2012.
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GAIN Report Number: CI1216
Chile imposes an import tariff surcharge on Argentine
cracked corn imports
Grain and Feed
Rachel Bickford, Agricultural Attaché
Luis Hennicke, Agricultural Specialist
Chile imposed a temporary import tariff surcharge of 10.8 percent for Argentine cracked corn
starting Friday, April 27, 2012.
Ten days after the Ministry of Agriculture requested specific measures to protect domestic
producers of corn affected by excessive entry of this product from Argentina; the National
Commission for Price Distortions (CNDP) supported the safeguard request by setting a
provisional rate of 10.8% on cracked \Argentine corn imports. This provisional surcharge will
be in effect until a final decision is made after the investigation is completed. If the local
producers can prove price distortion and damages, than the surcharge could be implemented
for as long as 4 years.
In the letter sent to the CNDP Minister of Agriculture, Luis Mayol, warned that this situation is
adversely affecting the domestic maize industry, with low prices and lack of demand for locally
produced corn in the midst of the harvesting season.
Among the arguments used by the
Ministry to impose the tariff measure is the fact that cracked corn imports from Argentina
increased by 111% in the period January-March 2011 compared with same period in 2012.
See FAS Voluntary GAIN Report CI1213. Corn is Chile’s second most important crop; it is
planted from Rancagua through to Los Angeles and is the is an important feed source for the
Chilean poultry industry.