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In view of the sanitary crisis arising from the global spread of COVID-19, Argentina took executive action to effectively reduce the exportation of ventilators, which are considered as a critical sanitary supply in the fight against the virus.

According to Executive Order No. 301/2020 the exportation of ventilators -classified under the tariff code 9019.20.10- will require a special permit to be granted by the Federal Ministry of Productive Development.

This restriction will remain in place until the Federal Sanitary Emergency -declared in December, 2019 by means of Law 27,541- comes to an end.


Esteban Rópolo is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Buenos Aires office. He was a professor in leading universities in Argentina — including University of Buenos Aires, Argentina Catholic University and Universidad del CEMA — where he taught political economy, foreign trade legal regime and private law. Mr. Rópolo has written a book on competition law and also contributed articles related to his areas of practice.