Fearing government jeopardizes 14 thousand jobs in the Manaus Free Trade Zone

One day after Amazon deputies help save Michel Temer in the House, his government has changed rules that harm the industry of Amazonas.
27/10/2017 14h22 - Updated 30/10/2017 16h57
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One day after most of the Amazon bench in the House of Representatives to vote for President Michel Temer, ridding it of racketeering complaint and obstruction of justice and prevent the opening process in the Supreme Court (STF), his government surprised with a measure that can empty the concentrated pole of Manaus Free Zone (ZFM), responsible for over 30% exports, with annual revenues of R $ 548,8 and generating millions 14 thousand jobs, getting at 70 thousand all the labor involved in the production chain.

The eight deputies and three senators yesterday received a statement from Superintendent Suframa, Appio Tolentino, stating that the Ministry of Finance changed the framework of the Mercosur Common Nomenclature (NCM) for soft drink concentrates extract manufacturing in the Industrial Pole of Manaus (PIM). Thereby, local industries lose the right to the exemption of PIS / Cofins, Import tax (II) and the Tax on Industrialized Products (IPI), which in practice prevents the local production.

According to the holder of Suframa, focused companies used the NCM nomenclature 2107 since the year 2000, in kit form, but the Internal Revenue Service (SRF) He understood that the kit should be classified individually; with that the most significant amount of components (containing key ingredients in the aroma and flavor) They should be classified as NCM 2106.9010, whose tax rates are different from zero.

"Depending on the new framework put forward by the SRF, there will be immeasurable social and economic damage to the Industrial Pole of Manaus (PIM), whose comparative advantage no longer exist ", says the superintendent of Suframa the letter sent to the Amazon bench.


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