International trade and customs in Argentina

Beccar Varela

Advising national and international clients, Beccar Varela is ‘always available and has a very good understanding about the legislation, as well as the administrative and political structure of the trade authorities’. The practice group covers the spectrum of issues arising from the import, transit, and export of goods, including international distribution agreements, international sale of goods, dispute settlement, trade remedies, anti-dumping investigations, import licenses and e-commerce regulations. Augusto Vechio has a broad practice, handling issues related to international trade, World Trade Organization rules and Mercosur, along with unfair competition, consumer law and economic regulation matters. He co-leads the team with Guido Krolovetzky, whose focus is customs law related to domestic, regional and international laws and regulations regarding the sale of goods. At associate level, the key name is senior associate Camila Corvalán.

Practice head(s):

Augusto Vechio; Guido Krolovetzky

Testimonials

‘The customs law team is led by Guido Krolovetzki, a lawyer with a great specialty in that specific field of law. Also by other very young lawyers trained by Guido. Our company has been an importer for more than 40 years, in which we have hired several law firms.

‘More than 8 years ago we hired Beccar Varela and fortunately we were able to solve all the daily problems with great speed and dedication. They are always at the forefront of Argentina’s foreign trade problems and before we have the problem they anticipate what it could be and the best solution. They have never made us feel abandoned and are always caring about our company.

‘Guido Krolovetzki is a lawyer with enormous knowledge in customs law and great experience. You can stir up problems with much more agility than other lawyers we have hired in the past. It also has a team very dedicated to its customers.

‘The team is always available and has a very good understanding about the legislation, as well as the administrative and political structure of the trade authorities. They always are in contact with updates in the Argentinean legislation and opportunities for Brazilian clients.

‘Understanding of the legal framework, availability, good communication skills in different languages.

‘Human quality, attention to detail, technical knowledge and professionalism.

Key clients

Albaugh Agro (Brasil)

Atanor

Galderma

Beiersdorf

Groupe SEB Brasil

Drawer

Meta / Facebook

Dover solutions

Gabor

Sidus

Work highlights

  • Advised the European Union and the UE Delegation in Buenos Aires on the project entitled “Technical Support to EU Market Access Team and Trade Analysis in Argentina” (2019-2021).
  • Awarded by public bid and appointed by MOFCOM as the only Argentine firm to be on the roster of law firms for trade remedy cases for the period 2022-2024.
  • Advised and represented Galderma, Beiersdorf, Sidus, Groupe SEB Brasil, Coppel, Coats, Ariston, ISDIN, Hasbro, PPG Industries on matters related to the non-automatic import licenses regime, import restrictions, and trade barriers.

Bruchou & Funes de Rioja

Full service firm Bruchou & Funes de Rioja draws from the expertise of a range of practices to advise across the trade and customs space, and is recommended for ‘the professionalism with which each topic is approached and the speed of response’. With a particular focus on the agribusiness, mining, oil and gas and power sectors, the practice group’s strengths include tariff classification, customs valuation, regulations regarding origin, restrictions and regulations on imports and exports, and unfair trade matters. Eduardo Mallea leads the team and is known for litigation and advice on dumping and foreign exchange regulations applicable to foreign trade. He receives strong support from María Laura Bacigalupo, who specialises in the design and planning of foreign trade operations, especially in the agro-export, mining, and hydrocarbon industries; and customs and exchange specialist Andrea Carolina Callegari, a highly experienced senior associate.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Mallea

Testimonials

‘What stands out is the professionalism with which each topic is approached and the speed of response. The analyses are in-depth and complete, always taking into account the specific need of the client. They are also creative in finding legal solutions according to the need raised.

‘They are always available and willing to respond quickly to our requirements. Experience in the (agro-industrial) sector makes them solid and reliable. María Laura Bacigalupo is an excellent professional who adds value to any legal analysis that we entrust to her, she has a broad and critical look from her experience with the sector.

Key clients

Molinos Río de la Plata

Petronas

Vista Oil & Gas

Nabors International Argentina

Fideicomiso Central Termoeléctrica Guillermo Brown

Fideicomiso Central Vuelta de Obligado

Cargill

Expro Argentina

Bunge Argentina

Compañía Agroindustrial La Oriental

NewSan

Halliburton Argentina

Genneia

MSU Energy

Vivero Las Magnolias

Molinos Agro

Minas Argentinas

Minera Andina del Sol

Barrick Exploraciones

Work highlights

  • Advisor to Cargill – on a daily basis – regarding various foreign trade matters involving exports and proceeds settling, import operations requiring special authorisations, and the review of five customs operating points.
  • Assumed NewSan’s defence in a controversy with the Argentine Customs Service for alleged misclassification of exported feedstuff.
  • Advised Vista Oil & Gas on negotiations that finally led the company with no export license to obtain a special authorisation to store its overproduction in oil tankers moored in Argentine national waters.

Marval O’Farrell Mairal

With ‘deep knowledge of the legal aspects, added to an excellent proactivity’, Marval O’Farrell Mairal is able to ‘propose solutions and creative paths of action to carry out extremely complex matters’. Particularly active in high profile anti-dumping matters, the firm also handles a diversity of issues related to international trade remedies, customs law, tariff code classification and interpretation, rules of origin, and litigation in summary proceedings and tax assessments. Another key area of work for the practice is advising on import restrictions and export regulations related to managed trade policy and foreign exchange controls implemented by the Argentine government. Pablo Gayol is well regarded for his ‘solid background in anti-dumping rules’, and he co-leads with customs specialist Juan Pablo Rothschild. The deep senior bench also includes Patricia López Aufranc, who is similarly at the forefront of antidumping law. At associate level, Jazmine Daruich (a ‘very hard working professional’) who has broad international trade expertise, and customs specialist Juan Martin Sanz, are both noted.

Practice head(s):

Pablo Gayol; Juan Pablo Rothschild

Testimonials

‘Deep knowledge of the legal aspects, added to an excellent proactivity to propose solutions and creative paths of action to carry out extremely complex matters.’

‘Juan Martin Sanz and Juan Pablo Rothschild have shown us to be a solid team that accompanied our needs, providing clear answers and especially clearly defining levels of risks and opportunities in each case presented.’

‘Juan Pablo Rothschild and Juan Martin Sanz are two excellent professionals. Always very well predisposed and offering valuable alternatives for the business.’

‘They have excellent professionals that understand deeply antidumping rules in Argentina. Technical work is great.’

‘Pablo Gayol is very clever and has a solid background in anti-dumping rules. He always anticipates actions to be taken by the authorities. Jazmine Daruich is a very hard working professional. Draft and letters prepared by them are perfect.’

‘This practice is unique since they are able to blend theory and practice. When you have an issue and require an opinion, the explanation flows in both directions, the theoretical and legal background along with its practical implications for business.’

‘Juan Pablo Rotschield he is always attentive to our need and provides a quick response which are always thorough and business oriented.’

‘The practice of International Trade and Customs in a country highly regulated by both BCRA and Treasury authorities is of the utmost importance for companies to be able to count on first-class advice such as that provided by Marval O’Farrell Mairal.’

‘The plus that distinguishes the lawyers of the Firm is their predisposition to be at the disposal of the client when they are required, even during the holiday period, as well as the involvement to work as a team, both with other professionals and with the client’s staff. It is always sought to clear all kinds of doubts, even in those complex situations. As an outstanding partner I have to mention Dr. Juan Pablo Rothschild.’

Key clients

Volkswagen

Nike Argentina

Garmin International

Compañía Mega

Oroplata

PPC Santana

Electroporcelana Gamma

Grupo Roca

Globenet Cabos Submarinos

Klipsch Group

Work highlights

  • Representing PPC Santana (Brasil) in the Antidumping Sunset Review on Brazilian insulators.
  • Representing Electroporcelana Gamma S.A (Colombia) in the Antidumping Sunset Review on Colombian insulators.
  • Advising and representing Volkswagen in administrative proceedings before local regulatory authorities regarding the investigation of gas emissions of diesel cars, which is linked to investigations underway in the US, Europe, Latin America and other countries (such as Australia and Israel).

Baker McKenzie

Recommended as ‘a solid team with full knowledge of the challenging issues of the sector’, Baker McKenzie specialises in preferential trade arrangements, duty relief programs, international commercial matters and customs compliance. The practice also has considerable experience representing clients before relevant public bodies, including Argentine customs authorities, tax regulators and courts, be it to obtain licenses and permits, submit customs ruling requests, or defend and appeal administrative procedures. The gobal firm's international reach also comes to the fore in this legal sector, further facilitating the local office's ability to handle cross-border import, export and customs matters. The go-to name in the team is Esteban Rópolo, a former official at the Foreign Trade Commission, he has deep expertise in dumping and regulatory matters. However, key associate Barbara Magali Barroso moved to Florida-based immigration firm Colombo & Hurd in June 2022.

Practice head(s):

Esteban Ropolo

Testimonials

‘It is a solid team with full knowledge of the challenging issues of the sector. Great responsiveness when the client urgently needs a definition, for the in-house lawyer that is a very valuable plus.

‘Esteban Rópolo is a solid professional, very trained and informed, he works side by side with the client understanding the business and the various problems. It generates a very positive feedback and it is a pleasure to work with.

Key clients

AGT Pty Argentina

Federal Express Corporation

Colgate-Palmolive Argentina

Procter & Gamble Argentina

Amazon Web Services Argentina

Biogen Argentina

Under Armour (UA) Argentina

Yamaha Motor Argentina

Oracle Argentina

NCS Multistage Argentina

Goldman Sachs Sucursal Argentina

Groupe Seb Argentina

Work highlights

  • Assisted Yamaha Motor (Argentina) with an anti-dumping investigation affecting the import of crowns and pinions from China.
  • Advising AbbVie (Argentina) on the implementation of a customs value reduction of certain products sold by a related company.
  • Advised Groupe Seb (Argentina) on a complex origin investigation, involving defending the Indonesian origin of certain appliances imported by the client.

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen

Assisting across the spectrum of customs operations, Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen has particular expertise in contentious matters, representing clients before the Argentine Customs Authorities, Custom Tax Court of Appeals, Federal Courts and the Supreme Court of Justice. Exchange and control regulations are another area of strength for the department, which can also draw on the wider firm's multidisciplinary strength to advice on trade-and-custom matters related to M&A processes, such as the minimisaion of post-transaction customs liability. Manuel Benites focuses on international trade, customs law and customs litigation as part of his wider tax practice; he co-leads the team with disputes specialist Andrés Galíndez. Key support is provided by senior associate Germán Martín Quirán, who also specialises in tax and customs law.

Practice head(s):

Manuel Benites; Andrés Galíndez

Testimonials

‘They provide personalized attention and in the moment advice.

‘Attention and availability; in addition (obviously) to suitability.

‘The team is always attentive to the news and this makes them advise in a timely manner.

‘Lawyers accompany the processes and give advice as if it were their own problem.

Key clients

LDC Argentina (Louis Dreyfus Argentina)

The Dow Chemical Company / PBBPOLISUR

Raizen Argentina

Pirelli SAIC

Inditex / Zara Argentina

Honda Motor de Argentina

Molinos Rio de la Plata

Miquel y Costas & Miquel

Glenmark Generics

Quimetal Industrial

Work highlights

  • Represented Zara Argentina on challenging several tax assessments adjusting the customs value of goods imported.
  • Represented Pirelli in challenging several import duties assessments.
  • Representing LDC Argentina and Molinos Rio de la Plata in claims related to the Argentine authorities’ raising of biodiesel export duty rates.

Brons & Salas

Brons & Salas is ‘characterised by the experience of the professionals it has in international customs and trade, always being willing to collaborate for the solution of the problems that arise’. The team's broad array of experience includes special customs regulations, import and export restrictions, licenses and certification, and customs valuation, as well as issues related to dumping, subsidies and safeguards. The practice also has strong participation in free zones activities, and the defense of clients in administrative and court proceedings. The team is led by Lorena Bartomioli, who ‘knows customs operations like few legal professionals’. She is ably supported by senior associate Daniela Todeschi.

Practice head(s):

Lorena Bartomioli

Testimonials

‘Brons & Salas is characterised by the experience of the professionals it has in international trade and customs, always being willing to collaborate for the solution of the problems that arise.

‘Lorena Bartomioli knows customs operations like few legal professionals. Her knowledge goes beyond strictly normative and theoretical, but she also knows the practical part of customs.

Key clients

Flowserve Argentina

Tupperware Brans Argentina

Rayovac Argentina

Astrazeneca

Ecolab Argentina

Gardner Denver

San Antonio Internacional

MWM International

Halliburton

Grupo Saporiti

Work highlights

  • Advised Rayovac Argentina on forex regulations in connection with import and export operations.
  • Represented Tupperware Brands Argentina in the appeals provided for in the Customs Code.
  • Advised Flowserve Argentina on a range of customs matters.

BRSV Abogados – Barreira, Rodriguez Larreta

Customs and foreign trade boutique BRSV Abogados – Barreira, Rodriguez Larreta is well-regarded for its experience in trade matters. The firm’s specialist focus ensures that it is equipped to handle all the main areas of international trade, with expertise in trade remedies, import and export controls, customs matters and investment treaty issues. The firm also houses a standalone white-collar crime practice primarily focused on proceedings related to customs offences. Practice heads Enrique Carlos Barreira (a prominent name for complex disputes), and Jorge Rodríguez Larreta (whose practice combines trade and white-collar crime), are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Enrique Carlos Barreira; Jorge Rodríguez Larreta

Estudio Carena & Asociados Abogados

Estudio Carena & Asociados Abogados focuses exclusively on international trade, with customs law, currency exchange restrictions and import/export controls standing out as mainstays of the practice. The team acts for an array of local and foreign companies from all industry sectors on both advisory and contentious matters, including representing clients in criminal law proceedings. Former customs officer Julio Carlos Lascano is widely recognised as an authority on customs matters.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Carena; Julio Carlos Lascano

Krause Abogados

Known for his expertise in anti-dumping work, Maximiliano Krause heads the practice at specialist boutique Krause Abogados, with his team handling the full range of issues related to MERCOSUR-associated international trade treaties and WTO regulations. Key areas of work for the practice include the import of used capital assets and used production lines, the registration of companies before the Ministry of Production of the Argentine Republic, and representation before local and national authorities on regulatory matters. Junior partner Agustina Andreoli has over 15 years' experience advising on international regulatory and trade matters with a strong focus on market access matters. Specialised associate Mayra Mottl moved to Bruchou & Funes de Rioja in April 2022.

Practice head(s):

Maximiliano Augusto Krause

O'Farrell

Advising local and international companies, O’Farrell provides experience on import and export regimes, tariff classification, customs valuation, free zones and the international transit of goods, as well as handling issues related to Mercosur, projects backed by the Latin American Integration Association(LAIA/ALADI) and other international agreements and treaties. Practice head Gustavo Enrique Müller focuses on international trade and customs law, in addition to his antidumping and international trade regulatory expertise.

Practice head(s):

Gustavo Enrique Müller

Key clients

Ford Argentina

Distrinando

Nokia Solutions and Networks Argentina

Cia de Transporte de Energía Eléctrica en Alta Tensión

YPF Energía Eléctrica

Neutrona Argentina

Empresa Nacional de Explosivos

Dycasa

Unipar Indupa

Louisiana Pacific Chile

Work highlights

  • Advice to Louisiana Pacific Chile on exchange matters for the payment of imports and exports in the Argentine Republic.
  • Comprehensive advice to powere transmission company Transener in relation to the application and scope of the Regime for the Promotion of Renewable Energies.
  • Advice and defence of YPF Energía Eléctrica in customs matters, especially in customs valuations of staggered shipments of large investment projects.