International trade and customs in Argentina

Beccar Varela

Beccar Varela’s international trade practice climbs a tier on the back of rave reviews, which highlight it as a ‘go-to team on trade’ due to its ‘ability to solve complex problems’. The group’s recent experience spans all key pillars of trade law but it particularly shines in trade remedies, where it advises on antidumping, safeguards, subsidies and countervailing duties, and WTO law, where it enjoys close relationships with sovereign governments and corporate clients. The team also has a robust litigation offering and regularly represents clients in proceedings before regulatory authorities and in the courts. Augusto Vechio’s broad trade practice leads to sources proclaiming him as an ‘authority on all things trade law in Argentina’. Vechio co-heads the departments alongside customs law specialist Guido Krolovetzky, who ‘manages everything so that problems are resolved with ease’. The group also includes ‘very smart’ associate Camila Corvalán.

Testimonials

Extremely switched-on, well-connected, eyes on the ball. Effortlessly cover the full breadth of international trade law. A go-to team on trade.’

The team has a personal touch, keeping in mind our problems and providing urgent solutions. Their stand-out quality is their ability to solve complex problems in short period of time. They are proactive, and they always make sure that clients are happy.’

This is a very specific, niche area of law in Argentina and there are very few lawyers who really know it and have experience. They not only need to know the law but also be able to handle customs proceedings. For more than six years we have been working exclusively with Guido Krolovetzky’s team because its has the best theoretical and practical knowledge of the subject.’

Guido Krolovetzky has many years’ experience in customs law and is the founding partner of this practice at Beccar Varela, but he gets involved in our cases, no matter the complexity. He never overlooks us or delegates the advice completely. He manages everything so that problems are resolved with ease.’

Augusto Vechio is simply a great person to work with; extremely responsive, calm, focused, efficient. An authority on all things trade law in Argentina.’

Camila Corvalán is very smart, very pleasant to work with and very responsive.

Key clients

Electrolux

IHC do Brazil

OCTAL

Sinochem

Saint-Gobain

Huihong (Nantong) Safety Products

Mercedes-Benz

McCain

Kimberly-Clark

Mapa Gloves

Work highlights

  • Represented OCTAL in an antidumping investigation into imports of “PET resin” from the Sultanate of Oman.
  • Advised several clients on cases in which they have been charged with alleged non-performance of obligations committed under temporary import and export regimes.
  • Advised Sinochem Lantian Fluoro Materials on an antidumping investigation into imports of HFC blends from China.
  • Successfully represented IGT Argentina in a customs-related claim for royalties.

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi

Among Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi’s key attributes, sources highlight its ‘very well-prepared lawyers’ and its ‘straight-to-the-point advice’. The much-admired practice advises on the full spectrum of international trade law, with expertise in import and export matters, unfair trade practices and free trade agreements. Additionally, the firm’s top-tier tax practice translates into significant firepower on the customs side, where it has extensive experience in tariff classifications, customs valuation and regulations regarding origin, among other matters. Both local and multinational clients turn to the firm for assistance with contentious and non-contentious matters, with the group particularly active on behalf of companies in the agribusiness, energy, transport and food and beverage industries. Department head Eduardo Mallea is sought after by domestic and international clients for advice on litigation, antidumping and foreign exchange regulations. Senior associate Andrea Carolina Callegari is recommended for customs-related issues.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Mallea

Testimonials

Very well-prepared lawyers to deal with actual problems for companies involved in international trade in Argentina. The team is also always ready to share knowledge with other organisations.’

Demonstrates an outstanding ability to understand and pursue the solution of clients’ problems. Lawyers provide straight-to-the-point advice.

Key clients

Bunge Argentina

Nabors International Argentina

Halliburton Argentina

Expro Argentina

Newsan

Fideicomiso Central Vuelta de Obligado

Fideicomiso Central Termoeléctrica Guillermo Brown

MSU Energy

AES

Molinos Río de la Plata

Dow Química / PBBPolisur

Cargill

Terminales Río de la Plata

Barrick Exploraciones Argentina

Work highlights

  • Advised Nabors International Argentina on several matters, including on its efforts to extend the temporary import regime governing several of its drilling rigs and related equipment, which are being used to provide drilling services in Argentina.
  • Represented Bunge Argentina in two administrative claims challenging the constitutionality of decrees relating to export duties on goods and statistics fees.
  • Represented MSU Energy in infringement proceedings initiated by the customs service.
  • Advised agricultural products exporters on export duties issues.

Marval O’Farrell Mairal

Marval O’Farrell Mairal’s group finds favour for its ‘excellent professionals’, who ‘deeply understand antidumping rules in Argentina’. Indeed, the practice is widely recognised as a dominant force in trade remedies, where it is a leader in terms of market share. However, the deep and broad department also packs a punch in customs law, tariff code interpretation, quantitative restrictions and WTO dispute-resolution proceedings. The team’s ability to draw on its financial services and administrative law departments is also a valuable asset for clients looking for advice on foreign exchange controls. Department head Pablo Gayol ‘always anticipates the actions taken by the authorities’ and has an impressive track record in antidumping investigations. Experienced counsel Patricia López Aufranc also concentrates on antidumping matters, with supplementary expertise in import restrictions. The team also includes ‘hard-working’ associate Jazmine Daruich and customs specialists Horacio García Prieto and Juan Pablo Rothschild.

Practice head(s):

Pablo Gayol

Testimonials

They have excellent professionals, who deeply understand antidumping rules in Argentina.’

Pablo Gayol is very clever and has a solid background in antidumping rules. He always anticipates the actions taken by the authorities. Associate Jazmine Daruich is a very hard-working professional. Drafts and letters prepared by them both are perfect.’

Key clients

Ariston Thermo / Ariston Thermo Argentina

O Tek Argentina

ABIT Associação Brasileira da Indústria Têxtil e de Confecção

Roca Brasil / Roca Argentina

adidas Argentina

Itagres Revestimentos Cerâmicos

Incepa Revestimientos Ceramicos

Capricornio Textil

Covolan Indústria Textil

Textil Canatiba

Companhia De Fiacao e Tecidos Cedro e Cachoeira

Companhia De Fiação E Tecidos Santo Antônio

LG Electronics Argentina

Steptoe & Johnson

Clorox Argentina

Seaboard Energías Renovables y Alimentos

Aguas Danone de Argentina

Work highlights

  • Represented five Brazilian exporters in an antidumping investigation into exports of denim to Argentina.
  • Advised Seaboard Energías Renovables y Alimentos on the export of goods.
  • Represented importer O-Tek Argentina and exporter Novapol Plasticos in an antidumping investigation into resins from Brazil.
  • Advised exporter Ariston Thermo and importer Ariston Thermo Argentina on an antidumping investigation into boilers from Italy.

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s extensive international network marks it as a popular choice to advise foreign clients on local trade issues, including representative names such as Wal-Mart, Colgate-Palmolive and Yamaha Motor. The practice is well versed in an array of trade matters, with customs compliance standing out as a notable sweet spot. Other strong suits include preferential trade arrangements, duty relief programmes and contentious work, where it routinely advises on regulatory, administrative and judicial proceedings. Team head Esteban Rópolo provides ‘excellent and professional advice’ and is particularly recognised for his customs and regulatory expertise.

Practice head(s):

Esteban Rópolo

Testimonials

Esteban Rópolo provides excellent and professional advice.’

Key clients

Wal-Mart Argentina

Colgate-Palmolive Argentina

Yamaha Motor Argentina

Trident Southern Explorations de Argentina

Hilti

NCS Multistage Argentina

Goldman Sachs Sucursal Argentina

Groupe Seb Argentina

Work highlights

  • Advised Patterson-UTI on the regulations applicable to the importation of both new and used drilling equipment.
  • Represented a multinational technology corporation in several customs claims concerning the classification of IT equipment.
  • Advised Econduce on the regulations applicable to the homologation of electric scooters with the Secretary of Industry, as well as the applicable importation rules.

BRSV Abogados – Barreira, Rodriguez Larreta

Customs and foreign trade boutique BRSV Abogados – Barreira, Rodriguez Larreta is highly regarded for its experience in high-level 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 matters. Clients also benefit from its standalone white-collar crime practice, which has an emphasis on proceedings related to customs offences. Key contacts include Enrique Carlos Barreira, who is a prominent name for complex disputes, and Jorge Rodríguez Larreta, whose practice combines trade and white-collar crime.

Estudio Carena & Asociados Abogados

Estudio Carena & Asociados Abogados focuses exclusively on international trade, with customs law, currency exchange restrictions and import and export controls standing out as the mainstays of the practice. The firm acts for a raft of local and foreign companies and investors from all industry sectors on counselling 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. Adrián Míguez is also recommended for his strong customs expertise.

Krause Abogados

Lawyers at Krause Abogados are best known for their experience in advising on bilateral or multilateral international trade treaties. The firm also has experience in import and export regulations, antidumping investigations and customs law. Founding partner Maximiliano Krause is recommended for his broad practice, which spans trade remedies, international trade treaties and complex litigation.

Practice head(s):

Maximiliano Krause

Estudio O'Farrell

Estudio O'Farrell’s international trade practice is distinguished by its emphasis on customs issues, with a strong recent record in defending multinational corporations in investigations and administrative litigation. The group also consistently advises on import and export regimes, free economic zones and international treaties. Experienced associate Gustavo Müller heads the department and handles an array of trade regulations, customs law and trade remedies.

Practice head(s):

Gustavo Müller

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen’s practice is weighted towards customs work, with a strong record in contentious customs matters challenging the collection of retroactive export duties. Other areas of activity include antidumping, exchange control regulations and trade transactions. Tax specialist Manuel Benites co-heads the department alongside recently promoted trade partner Andrés Galíndez, who demonstrates ‘first-rate technical training’. Customs-focused senior associate Germán Martín Quirán is also recommended.

Testimonials

Pérez Alati matches the best firms we work with in other jurisdictions in the specialised field of customs valuations.

Our contact at the firm for customs lawsuits is Andrés Galíndez, who demonstrates a first-rate technical training, coupled with proactivity.’

Key clients

LDC Argentina

Shell Compañía Argentina de Petróleo

Inditex

Rohm and Haas Argentina

Molinos Rio de la Plata

PBBPOLISUR

Dow Química Argentina

Dow Agrosciences Argentina

Honda Motor de Argentina

Pirelli

Work highlights

  • Advised LDC Argentina (the Argentine subsidiary of Louis Dreyfus) on administrative litigation related to customs duties.
  • Represented Shell CAPSA before the General Customs Bureau in a case concerning the reimbursement of excess export duties paid in export operations.

Petersen & Cotter Moine

Boutique firm Petersen & Cotter Moine is recognised for its specialist customs practice, which shines in complex customs litigation and criminal defence cases. Other key strong suits include exchange controls, trade remedies and investment treaty matters. Founding partner Juan Patricio Cotter is noted for his extensive experience in customs law.

Practice head(s):

Juan Patricio Cotter