Double Taxation Agreements

The purpose of the analysis is to provide a tool to incorporate the tax aspect in the economic variables of the decision process of exporting services. Failure to consider the tax factor in the initial analysis of the service cost may involve having to bear higher costs not covered by taxes and significantly affect the profitability of the business.

Location Factors Survey

The project consisted of collecting data and indicators that the demand side takes into account in the location decision (offshoring) in each of the sectors.

Regulatory information data collection

It consist on a record of 500 international (265) and national (235) regulations that affect trade in services between the project member countries and their most important buyers: United States, European Union, Brazil, Mexico and Argentina.

Network formalization

The proposal, based on a diagnosis of best association practices to promote exports in Latin America, suggests to legally formalize ALES as International Organism under the laws of the Republic of Uruguay, in Montevideo.

Harmonized methodology for obtaining statistics

The development of a harmonized methodology provides harmonized guidelines for obtaining statistics on trade of services in Latin America . Not to mention that the methodology is based on best practices of developed countries, which implies doing surveys. As there are different levels of statistical development, two types of surveys are available for collecting information.

Regional Common Nomenclator

The Regional Common Nomenclature (RCN) was created to reflect the actual services trade that occurs in the region. Thereby, it has become a fundamental input for gathering comparable statistical information on trade in services. The RCN was built on the W120 nomenclature used in GATS commitments and trade negotiations. However, given the dynamics of the market, it reaches further disaggregation. According to the comments and opinions expressed by the ALES members and experts on services, the proposal has been an "innovative step," given that thanks to the achievements, Latin America became the first in the world in shaping a universal language that identifies the different tasks that are involved in regional services trade. Thereby, ALES members have shown strong interest in putting the common nomenclature into practice, especially Chile and Peru.



At present, Latin American countries have
agreed upon documents of great impact.