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Argentina Approves New Standards for Steel Cables

Argentina has approved through Resolution 153/2018 new quality and safety standards for steel cables, which will require compliance with the provisions of standard ISO 2408. Subject merchandise must also bear the following information on its primary packaging, either directly and indelibly or by means of a self-adhesive label: (i) name and/or brand of the producer and/or importer, (ii) country of origin, (iii) month and year of manufacture, (iv) minimum breakage load of the cable in kilonewtons or decanewtons, and (v) safety seal issued in accordance with the relevant regulations. Any other information regarding the product may be included on labels, stamps, decals, stickers and so forth, provided any such information does not cause confusion or mislead consumers.

Importers and domestic producers of subject merchandise must submit proof beginning on 28 April that the conformity assessment process has been initiated. Effective from 29 December, importers and domestic producers will be required to submit a copy of the certificate issued by a recognised certification body. 

Subject merchandise must undergo conformity assessment in accordance with (i) certification System 5, which is based on an evaluation of the manufacturer’s quality management system and the testing of samples taken from the production line; or (ii) certification System 7, which requires every imported lot to be tested to ensure regulatory compliance. Excluded from these standards are steel cables intended for the fishing and oil and gas sectors.

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