Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Brazil to slap quality control on Chinese goods: Should the entire world begin doing so?

SAO PAULO: Brazil plans to impose strict quality control on imports from China and other Asian nations to prevent the influx of cheap goods, the daily O Globo reported Saturday.

It said the border controls would ensure that imports from Asia, particularly China, meet the standards set by the National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology (INMETRO) and comply with safety norms applied to domestic retail goods.

Products which fail the tests would not be allowed into the country.

The measures, seen as a sort of non-tariff barrier protecting Brazil's domestic industry and consumers, will apply to 240,000 models of goods in the following sectors: textiles, steel products, car parts and children's items, particularly toys, the Rio-based newspaper said.

The controls are to begin in the second quarter and will be coordinated by the finance ministry's Federal Revenue Service in partnership with INMETRO. Read More