Specific duties on imports of textiles and garments, non-sport footwear and toys from China will be phased out by Argentina's government by January 2007.

A resolution published in the Official Bulletin said that specific duties would be lowered by 10 per cent of the excess over the 35 per cent ad valorem rate from Wednesday. The rebate will be 20 per cent as from January 1, and then in equal annual tranches until January 2007.

The decision follows China's membership of the World Trade Organization according to the resolution signed by Argentina's economy minister Domingo Cavallo.