DINAMA – use of non-returnable packaging

12 de noviembre de 2012

As from April 16, 2012, the National Customs Department started to control the registration of companies importing products packaged in the registry of the National Environment Department.             

This registration is compulsory for producers and importers of packaging and packaged products and was established by Act Nº 17849 on “Use of non-returnable packaging”, in which it is set forth that “reuse, recycling and other ways of recovery of packaging waste shall be promoted in order to avoid their inclusion as part of ordinary or residential solid waste”.

For this purpose, “Only those individuals or legal entities duly registered at the corresponding registry of the Ministry of Housing, Land Surveillance and Environment who comply with the conditions set forth by such Ministry shall be allowed to manufacture or import finished or pre-moulded packages or their raw materials. In order to obtain the corresponding registration certificate, the above-mentioned individuals or legal entities must have a management plan for the packaging waste produced by the products packaged or commercialized by them, and approved by such Ministry”. It is also set forth that “the Ministry of Economy and Finance, through the National Customs Department, shall control the products and packages imported under the present law, in the corresponding tax codes.”

“The application of this program shall include the progressive control of the above-mentioned registration according to good sectors and economic agents.”


On November 12, the companies registration third phase control began. Each phase included, on a gradual basis, different tax codes. Each phase was composed of the following items:

Phase 1:

  • Drinks
  • Milk and dairy products
  • Coffee, tea, mate tea and spices
  • Bakery and pastry products
  • Cacao products
  • Electrical appliances
  • Electronic appliances

Attached you can find a file with the detailed goods subject to the decree according to their tariff codes in the Common Nomenclature of Mercosur.

Phase 2:

Products contained in sections I through IV of the Common Nomenclature of Mercosur:

  • Section I: Live animals and animal products
  • Section II: Vegetable products
  • Section III: animal or vegetable fats and oils; their cleavage products; prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes
  • Section IV: Food industry products; drinks, spirits and vinegar; tobacco and other manufactured tobacco substitutes


Phase 3

Products contained in chapter 95 of Section XX of the Common Nomenclature of Mercosur structured in 10 digits: Toys, games and articles for recreation or sports, their parts and accessories.







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