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With limited exports, Customs raised the reference values ​​for meat sold to Asia to 44%

With limited external sales and when the refrigeration sector anxiously awaits the Government to enable a higher quota of beef for export, the General Customs Directorate (DGA) raised for the third time in the year reference values to ship those products.

Increases in those floor prices go up to 44% for certain frozen and bone-in cuts and average the 18% for products like loin ball. Too includes a kilo of roast, the so-called garrón and the brazuelo, among other cuts.

Will rule from this friday 6 August for all shipments with destination to seven countries Asian continent: China, Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand, South Korea, the Philippines and Taiwan.

The update was made official with General Resolution 5044, published this Wednesday in the Official Gazette. The reference values ​​for meat were reestablished last January, in order to “identify under-invoicing operations in exports ”.

From the entity that leads Silvia Traverso They stressed that the measure is “in line with the increases registered in international prices and in the average values ​​documented in foreign sales of the different products reached.”

They explained that the reference prices allow “a first check of the statements in safeguarding the tax interest, as well as to detect deviations with respect to the usual values ​​for identical or similar merchandise ”.

They added, in that sense that they allow “disarticulate tax evasion maneuvers and practices abusive that affect the income of foreign exchange to the exchange market. They also aim to avoid unfair competition from those operators that do not comply with the rules ”.

The reference values ​​had been completely dismantled in November 2017 and re-established to fourteen products since last October as a foreign trade control strategy.

Among the products that already have reference prices for export are hides and skins; pears; apples; Garlic; Pork Meat; expert tomato; concentrated must; blueberries; milk powder; onion; dad; raisins; sea ​​bass and beef.

In May, the Government decided to close beef exports for 30 days, given the rise in domestic prices of the product, which reached over 80% year-on-year that month, and to stop “speculative maneuvers” by some market operators. Subsequently, the stocks were relaxed in part, although the

It was at that moment when Customs denounced 19 refrigerators for carrying out fraudulent meat export operations, with fines of about US $ 6 million and progress was made in audits of the 150 largest meat processing plants in the country.

In these operations, under-invoicing and / or non-declaration of operations were detected in 9 out of 10 of the controlled establishments, said the agency that depends on the AFIP.

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