Uruguay - Country Commercial Guide
Prohibited & Restricted Imports

Includes a list of goods that are prohibited from being exported to the country or are otherwise restricted.

Last published date: 2021-11-08

Occasionally, the government bans imports of certain food articles and pet food containing prohibited ingredients, or which originate from areas prohibited by the World Health Organization.

Uruguay completely prohibits certain products, such as paint with excess lead, organic chlorine-based insecticides, potassium bromate for food, used cars, asbestos or products containing asbestos, certain insecticides-herbicides.

The government eliminated import quotas in the mid-1970s and substantially reduced non-tariff barriers, including reference and minimum import prices, in the 1990s.  It eliminated reference prices and a few remaining minimum export prices in 1994 and 2002, respectively.

Uruguay applies non-automatic import licensing to certain products, such as motor vehicles, sugar, acetic acid, textiles, shoes, and steel for structural uses.  Importers should request licenses prior to the product’s arrival in Uruguay to avoid demurrage costs at points of entry.  An import license is valid for 60 days (90 days for motor vehicles) after approval.