CAUCA comes into effect on August 25

The meeting of the Central American Customs Committee (CAUCA) began yesterday in Nicaragua and will cover topics such as the impact that the coming into effect of CAUCA will have.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

CAUCA, which governs the customs legislation of the region's countries and the organization of their customs services, is a step towards a regional customs union. Said union is considered to be an important element in negotiations with the EU for a bi-regional association that includes a free trade agreement.
Transport unions and customs agents from the various Central American countries have criticized the Code because they believe it does not promote regional integration.



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Unified Central American Customs Code (CAUCA) comes into effect

August 2008

CAUCA IV and its regulations known as "Recauca", came into effect today and will facilitate the commercial exchange and decrease contraband trade.

According the Superintendent of the Tax Administration Agency (SAT) of Guatemala, Oscar Funes, Cauca IV and Recauca establish new provisions to facilitate customs procedures and trade on the Central American isthmus.

Request for the suspension of the effective date of the Customs Law to be made

August 2008

The Central American Parliament will ask the Central American Court of Justice to suspend the effective date of the Customs Law due to technical errors which may lead to acts of corruption.

Rodolfo Dougherty, a Guatemalan lawmaker, confirmed that only the Central American Court of Justice has the authority to stop the effective date of the Law, which begins on 28 August in Guatemala.

Nicaragua: Customs Law 2011

March 2011

The new Customs Law, which includes the Central American Customs Code, would be ready by July 2011.

The project, which is currently at the Parliament's Economics Committee, will also include Central American customs regulations and seek to reorganize the General Customs Department (DGA).

Customs agents opposed to CAUCA

August 2008

They will ask the Central American Court of Justice to annul CAUCA, which recently came into force on August 25.

Oscar Ramos Valverde, president of the Confederation of Customs Agents of Central America and the Caribbean, informed Prensa Libre that they are to present the case to the Court (which is based in Nicaragua) today, and will asked that resolutions 223-2008 and 224-2008 of the Ministerial Council for Economic Integration (Comierco), which contain the new Uniform Customs Code for Central America (CAUCA IV) and its regulations (Recauca)be annulled.

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