ARGENTINE PORTS: INCREASED FINES FOR INACCURATE CUSTOMS DECLARATIONS TO SHIP OPERATORS
Problem has been observed for more than a decade.
Vessel operators continue to be fined for inaccuracies in their customs declarations at Argentine ports. According to Gard, the correction of declared figures is crucial, as an excess or duplication of items could prove as costly as a “shortage”.
The problem has been observed for more than a decade and in July this year, claims related to customs fines are on the rise again in Argentina.
About General Resolution 4317
In an effort to improve uniformity in the application of customs regulations in the country, Argentine customs authorities issued General Resolution 4317 on October 10, 2018. It approves a set of forms to be used by vessels declaring any provision on board upon arrival at an Argentine port.
The forms are:
1645 – Ship’s Stores Declaration
1646 – Deck stores list
1647 – List of engine room stores
1648 – Declaration of crew’s effects
Lack of clarification
Although the forms provide some uniformity, there are elements of the lists that may remain unclear. An example is OM Form 1647 (Engine Room Provisions List), which refers to “other lubricants”. However, it does not clarify whether or not the quantities of lubricant in the crankcase tank (lubricant reservoir) should be declared or whether its contained volume should be measured with the engines running or not.
Therefore, Gard considers it important that ship operators continue to remind their captains calling at Argentine ports to be especially vigilant and attentive when filling out the customs declaration and the ship’s list of stores, also when using the forms in force since 2018.
“Likewise, we recommend contacting the vessel’s local agent well in advance of arrival to learn about the customs and immigration regulations in force in Argentina and the required documentation,” he concludes.