Feedback Needed on EU Mercosur Trade Negotiations

In April 2016 the EU and Mercosur decided to start trade negotiations. In order to gain insights into the areas in which further progress is possible in the Customs and Trade Facilitation chapter with Mercosur, the EU would like to receive input from the industry and companies.

Mercosur, consisting of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela (which does not take part in the negotiations) and the EU already negotiated between 1999 and 2004. Unsuccessful exchanges, however, led to a pause of 6 years. Renewed political support in EU Member States and Mercosur has led to the decision to start new rounds of negotiations this year.

Since the two parties aim to cut customs duties, remove trade barriers and improve customs procedures, these negotiations could lead to a very beneficial outcome for European shippers. Especially since European companies now pay more than 4 billion euro’s a year in tariff duties when exporting to the Mercosur countries. Mercosur is currently the EU’s 6th most important export market.

ESC members with experience or problems in the field of customs with regard to Mercosur members are asked to contact ESC. BusinessEurope will facilitate contact between these companies and DG Trade for an exchange on the types of customs issues facing European companies operating in Mercosur states.