ARGENTINA – Risk: Customs fines in Argentina relating to the misdeclaration of ship’s stores
Heavy fines have been imposed on vessels relating to the misdeclaration of items such as lube oils, bunkers, chemicals, spare parts, grabs and other items in the stores list. In some cases, items such as lube oils or chemicals have been duplicated in the stores list, such that when quantities are checked by customs, fines are imposed for the for the appeared declaration shortages. These shortags do not exist in reality, but are difficult to prove in retrospect. Additionally, local correspondents in the port of San Nicolas report that some ships are required to declare the lube oil in the sump tank of the main engine, and if they do not, an infringement is declared. When the lube oil has not been declared, the authorities might order the vessel to discharge it within 48 hours and placed it in storage in an authorised depot for the account of the vessel. If it is not discharged then the owners have to put a cash guarantee up for twice the market value of the lube oil, which local customs consider to be at a price from $7 to $10 per litre when the real price worldwide is about $1.50 to $2.
Analysis and Assessment
Masters should take care when declaring items and quantities, and should also consider declaring the quantity of oil in the ship’s sump tanks, especially when calling at the port of San Nicolas.
Date added: 12/05/2014 Last updated: 26/05/2015