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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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.
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.