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Gonzalo Bernal Neumann

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A specialist in foreign trade and customs, Gonzalo has a broad experience in advisory, preventive audits and litigation related with sophisticated trade operations, trade facilitation and investment. His professional expertise includes legal advisory provided to either domestic or international enterprises, specifically related to import and export regimes, customs valuation, tariff classification, rules of origin, trade barriers (sanitary and phytosanitary measures, technical barriers to trade), investment and infrastructure, supply chain management, transport, Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), Regional and Plurilateral Agreements (CAN, MERCOSUR, among others) compliance and WTO law.
Estudio Echecopar is a member firm of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein

The International Trade team of Estudio Echecopar, associated with Baker & McKenzie International, obtained an important decision in favor of several importers of processed food and non-alcoholic beverages, members of the Lima Chamber of Commerce, after the Court for the Defense of Competition and Protection of Intellectual Property ratified that the prohibition on the use of octagon adhesives in imported processed food constitutes a non-tariff trade barrier.

On 31 December 2022, Supreme Decree No. 022-2022-SA was published in the extraordinary digital edition of the official journal El Peruano. The decree extended the deadline by which adhesives that incorporate advertising warnings on imported food and nonalcoholic beverages, including those marketed by micro and small businesses must stop being used.
The extension has been granted until 30 June 2023.

The deadline that allows the use of adhesives or stickers to attach octagonal advertising warnings on imported processed foods and non-alcoholic beverages (imported foods) in accordance with the healthy eating framework was on 31 December 2022. In the absence of a new extension allowing the use of stickers to date, a number of questions arise, which are addressed in this alert.

Welcome to our Virtual Year-End Review of Import/Export and Trade Compliance Developments Conference resource center. Baker McKenzie’s international trade compliance lawyers from around the world discussed the major global legislative, judicial and administrative activities and trends in export controls, trade sanctions, customs compliance, and import requirements in nine 75 minute sessions which took place from 15 to 17 November 2022.

On 19 July, the Ministry of Health published for public comment a draft Supreme Decree that aims to modify the technical parameters for sugar, sodium and saturated fats content in processed foods that are contained in the “Regulation of the Law on the Promotion of Healthy Eating for children and adolescents” and in the “Advertising Warnings Manual”.

Certain importers may continue to use prohibited adhesives
Instituto Nacional de Defensa de la Competencia y de la Protección de la Propiedad Intelectual Commission on Dumping, Subsidies and Non-Tariff Trade Barriers has granted the interim measure requested by various importers of industrialized food and beverages and the Chamber of Commerce of Lima to allow the use of adhesives for the posting of advertising warnings on said imported products. See Resolution No. 012-2022/CDB-INDECOPI.