The Ministry of Economy's Ordinance 309, which zeroes the import tax on 30 computer, telecommunications and machinery goods by December 2020, was challenged this Tuesday (09) by congressmen and senators allied to and opposing the government. They presented legislative decrees to overturn the rule.
Businessmen said in a public hearing of the CAE (Economic Affairs Commission) of the Senate that the ordinance should culminate in unemployment of up to 2 million workers due to the closure of national industries that will lose competitiveness. The Minister of Economy, Paulo Guedes, will be invited to clarify the tax reduction.
Senator José Serra (PSDB-SP) and Congressman José Ricardo (PT-AM) have already presented legislative decrees to revoke the ordinance before the recess, which begins on the 18th. The matter will be discussed again on the 10th in a public hearing with the Special Secretary of Foreign Trade and International Affairs of the Ministry of Economy.
On June 12, the Ministry of Economy issued Ordinance 309 to regulate the Ex-Tariff regime for 30 imported electronic products - which eliminates the 14% import tax rate for those that have no similar products produced in Brazil.
The businessmen contest several points of the Ordinance, among them what determines that national goods 5% more expensive than the imported equivalents will not be considered similar, that is, the international products will be able to enjoy the benefit.
The matter will be discussed in the coming weeks, for the time being, the Ordinance is still valid.