El Salvador Targets Certification in Customs Logistics

Within one year, the country could be certified as an Authorized Economic Operator by the World Customs Organization.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

This certification oversees the entire logistics chain involved in international commerce.

Angela Bigueur, head of the Customs Authority, told Laprensagrafica.com that “the country wants the certification to be recognized internationally for its logistics and tax processes”.

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AEO in Guatemala

January 2015

Companies which are certified as Authorized Economic Operators will be able to reduce paperwork times and have priority at customs.

In order to access this certification interested companies must be up to date with tax and customs payments, tax requirements, and review legal and administrative processes, industrial safety and human resources.

Electronic System for Import and Export Procedures

September 2011

A dedicated electronic processing desk for exports and imports in El Salvador (CIEX) is now connected to the local customs offices and those of Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua.

Costa Rica will be added soon.

Cornelio Deras, director of the Center for Import and Export Procedures (CIEX), noted that the technology they are using allows them to connect to any country with whom they have a free trade agreement or a commercial interest. Also planned is an interconnection with Mexican customs, as soon as readjusted FTA is signed.

El Salvador and Nicaragua Customs to be Connected

July 2011

The interconnection will expedite the processing of business transactions between the two countries.

The 541 companies in El Salvador currently exporting goods to Nicaragua will be the first to benefit from the connection of the two offices, which will expedite the process of obtaining permits and other paperwork.

Nicaraguan Customs Offices Obstructs Trade

October 2013

Entrepreneurs and drivers and transporters indicate that there are a lot of inconveniences in the customs office at Port Corinto.

Truckers for example, complain of constant fines, confiscation of vans and goods without any legal reason. They are also required to pay for stays in the harbor of Punta Icaco because front loading machines are only available at night.

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