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Barbie falls victim to Argentina’s new import barriers

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2011-03-10

Argentina has announced that it will introduce customs barriers on Chinese-made imports, which include the infamous American doll, Barbie. The Kirchner government cited a “grave offence” concerning Barbie’s toymaker, Mattel.

 

AFP – Argentina cracked down hard Wednesday against problem imports, including a well-known leggy blonde: the Barbie doll.
             
President Cristina Kirchner announced there would be customs barriers slapped on Chinese-made imports from textiles to home appliances, luxury cars and cellular phones, as well as iconic plastic plaything Barbie, made by American toymaker Mattel.
             
Don't tell her friend Ken, but Barbie is in big trouble.
             
According to the Argentine government, Mattel committed a "grave offense during its operations," though it did not immediately identify the alleged error related to the doll.
             
Industry analysts said Kirchner likely was doing her part to try to protect local toymakers. Mattel is the world's biggest toymaker, with 2010 sales of some $5.8 billion.
             
At least it was not ideological trouble for Barbie. Leftist Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez once called the doll dangerous to young girls' minds.

 

Date created : 2011-03-10

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