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.
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.
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.
The Customs Directorate is calling on companies involved in foreign trade to take part in the AEO Programme.
The Customs Directorate is inviting producers, importers, exporters, carriers, customs agents, bonded warehouses, Consolidated / deconsolidated companies, courier companies, free zones and ports, to form part of the AEO Program of Guatemala, which strikes a balance between security and facilitation of international trade, through a strategic alliance between the Customs Administration, the Tax Authority and the different participants in the supply chain.
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