July 1, 2019. The Argentine government reduced import tariffs for trucks powered by compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG) or biogas by between 30 and 33%, through Decree No. 440/2019, published in the Official Gazette.

The Common External Tariff of Mercosur (Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay) for this type of vehicle was located at 35% and now it goes from 2 to 5%, depending on the case.

In addition, a global import quota was set for 800 trucks, 200 gas engines for trucks and 200 chassis with a gas engine for minibuses, which pay reduced extra-zone import duties (Mercosur).

In its arguments, the measure indicates that it is considered appropriate to include in the reduction of the import tariff those components that are not produced locally and whose entry into the country makes possible the local production of vehicles with such engines.

The decree said that it is appropriate to include in the reduction of the import tariff to certain CNG, LNG or biogas engines, as well as chassis with such engines for minibuses.

It pointed out that there is a natural gas supply available in the country, which gives competitiveness to the motorizations based on that fuel due to the lower costs that it may have compared to other alternatives.

It noted that both locally and internationally, the use of alternative technologies in the propulsion of vehicles, such as electric or hybrid, is evolving.

Finally, it indicated that natural gas has positioned itself not only as one of the most environmentally friendly variants, but also because of its reduced cost compared to current diesel and the use of cleaner energies.