On 21 March 2017 the Executive Power enacted Decree No. 192/2017 creating the Crude Oil and Oil Products Import Operations Registry (Registry), for crude oil and byproducts import operations authorized by the Secretariat of Hydrocarbon Resources (Secretariat).

To obtain the import authorization, companies shall file a request with the Secretariat, whom shall inform the authorizations granted to the Sub-secretariat of Foreign Trade and the Customs Authority to allow the corresponding import operations.

The imports made by CAMMESA (local administrator of the power market) for the supply of power plants are exempted from the registration obligation.