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 goal is to make all importing procedures via Internet by 2013.
The creation of CIEX has been supported by the private sector due to the good experience that exporters had with CENTREX.
'When they told us they were going to make a dedicated desk using the same system but for imports, we said we were in complete agreement", said Francisco Bolaños, president of COEXPORT in an article in Laprensagrafica.com
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With an investment of $4.2 million, El Salvador will implement a new import system via the Internet in order to streamline the respective paperwork.
The Center for Imports and Exports of El Salvador (CIEX) will make available, from the second half of July, the new system which is expected to match the time of the export process already offered online, which averages 36 seconds per operation.
Peru's economy has improved in the last years, specially its services sector, causing an important increase in consumption.
This was one of the findings of a study by Costa Rica's exports promotion agency, which pointed out opportunities for Costa Rican as well as regional exporting companies.
In 2010 only 22.5% of total exports were sold in Central America.
In 2008 33% of total exports was destined for Costa Rica, Guatemala and El Salvador, and in 2009 the number dropped to 31%.
The executive director of the Center for Export Procedures (CETREX), Jorge Molina, told reporters, "Much of what we exported to Central America they already produce and that has created the establishment of obstacles, it is becoming more difficult... we keep speaking of a customs union but this is the only region in the world where, in order to export, you require an import permit.”
The influx of dollars via remittances is close to reaching the figure for exports.
Remittances from family members abroad totaled US$1.9385 billion during the first semester of 2008, surpassed by US$361.7 million in exports during the same period.
Remittances have continued to be one of the main pillars of the national economy for the last three decades.