The entity met with the Secretary of Commerce and raised concerns about the drop in purchasing power.
The problems for access to imports, the effect of Now 12 and the increase in street sales These were some of the claims that the Argentine Chamber of Commerce and Services (CAC) took to the Secretary of Commerce, Matías Tombolini, in a meeting they held in the official’s office.
The entity presented a document that brings together registered difficulties along with proposals for improvements, as indicated in a statement in which it maintained that the meeting “represented an advance for the joint work between the CAC and the Secretary of Commerce in pursuit of a better environment for the development of trade and services formally constituted in the country”.
Tombolini was seconded by the undersecretary of Commercial Policy and Management, Germán Cervantes, while the president of the CAC, Natalio Grinman, attended accompanied by directors Alberto Grimoldi, Rodrigo Pérez Graziano, Edgardo Phielipp, Ángel Machado, Ignacio dos Reis and Manuel Sánchez Gomez.
“We are not a chamber of protest, we are a chamber of proposals and we do it from the conviction,” Grinman said at the beginning of the hearing in which he raised “situations that complicate not only large companies, but also SMEs”.
Among the main issues of the meeting were the problems of managing, obtaining and administering SIMIs (Integrated Import Monitoring System), which “It significantly affects all types of companies by subjecting them to great uncertainty in the coming months and especially SMEs, for not enjoying the same economic support that large companies can have,” said the CAC.
The Chamber weighed the recovery of commercial activity after the worst moments of the pandemic, although it warned about the effect of the “erosion of consumer purchasing power” by inflation.
“In this line, the Chamber requested that they correct inequities that are registered in the application of the program Now 12 consumption promotion,” he said.
In addition, the CAC raised “the problem of illegal street sales and the damage it generates in an ecosystem in which entities such as the Chamber push for competition to be maintained within the margins of the law”.
For his part, Tombolini stressed that the Secretariat has among its functions “clarify these raised uncertainties”while pointing to continue working together with the CAC and its partners to achieve better ordering and systematization of imports.
“It helps a lot that they help us to give relevance to issues that they consider should be a priority,” he concluded.