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Brazil and Argentina Discuss Easing Mercosur Trade Rules

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Brazil and Argentina are discussing the possibility of easing Mercosur’s trade rules and allowing members of the bloc to negotiate individual agreements with other countries. The issue was examined during the first official visit of Argentine President, Mauricio Macri, to Brasilia on Wednesday.

“The presidents decided to work during their consecutive pro-tempore presidencies in 2019 to review the common external tariff, improve access to markets, and advance in trade facilitation and regulatory convergence,” said a statement released by Brazil’s Foreign Affairs Office after the meeting between Macri . . .

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