Infringed products inspire massive customs donation
Over the past few years numerous containers were seized or retained by the Argentine Customs Authority , or were never claimed by the recipients.
In January 2017, the Customs Authority concluded that there were more than 4000 containers in its custody, containing toys, clothes and food, that in some cases had been unclaimed for up to two years.
On January 21, 2017, Argentine President Mauricio Macri, signed Executive Decree 51/2017 freeing 2995 containers and 973 bulks to be transferred to the Ministry of Social Development for support of welfare foundations.
The decree pointed out that products retained in the Custom’s deposits were occupying valuable space and could be better used to fulfill needs of residents. Moreover, the conditions in which they were being stored were not optimal for the preservation of the products, and many might be damaged, deteriorated or in any way lose their value or use.
To this purpose, a special ad hoc commission has been created, integrated by the Custom’s Authority and different Health Authorities, in order to admit and authorize the products as fast as possible in order to send them to the appropriate welfare associations.
This is a new and creative way of dealing with different products that may be held in Customs.With measures like the Argentine decree the amount of abandoned products can be reduced, and consequently, the amount of space used by Customs deposits is decreased while providing products for vulnerable families.
Executive Decree in Spanish: http://servicios.infoleg.gob.ar/