El Salvador Requires Equipment to Examine Containers

The Customs Department is preparing a tender for the purchase of new X-ray equipment.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

The acquisition of new equipment will reduce the inspection time of containers from the current 24 or 36 hours to just 15 minutes, added Carlos Cativo, director of Customs.

"... by having this technology all trucks and containers will be checked, but in a shorter period of time," reports the article Laprensagrafica.com.

The fixed equipment will be installed in the ports of Acajutla and La Union, El Salvador International Airport and four border locations. It will also include mobile equipment.

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El Salvador: Scanned Inspections Fee Per Declaration

December 2015

It has been announced that a rate of $18 for scanned inspections of containers will be charged per declared goods and not per truck, as has been charged so far.

With the new measure a change will be made to how the scanned inspections are charged, which will mainly affect companies that share vans to reduce costs, because up until now the charge for inspections using X-ray machines was applied per truck and not to individual goods.

Industrial Sector Disputes Cost of Cargo Revision

February 2012

The Salvadoran Association of Industrialists has expressed its disagreement with a draft reform of the Customs Simplification Act.

A press release from the Salvadoran Association of Industrialists (ASI) states:

The Salvadoran Association of Industrialists expressed its disagreement with the draft reform of the Customs Simplification Act, submitted to the Legislature by the Ministry of Finance, considering that the inspection tax has becomes a non-tariff barrier to international trade.

Discussions on Fees for Cargo Revision

February 2012

Businesses in El Salvador have drawn attention to the need to revise the rule on payment of a fee of $20 per container for performing X-ray revisions when going through customs.

The Inter-Union Commission for the Modernization of Customs (Spanish acronym CIMA) will meet to review the amendments to the Customs Simplification Act.

Guatemala: Complaints about System and Container Inspection

November 2011

Losses up to $35 million in the last 7 months have been reported by transport companies due to delays caused by revision of containers by the SAT.

Both the Guatemalan Council of International Transport Users (Cutrigua) and the Shipping Association of Guatemala agree on the lack of efficiency in the container review process performed by the Superintendency of Tax Administration (SAT), which in some cases takes up to 24 hours.

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