Guatemala: Bids Invited for Container Inspection

On September 16th, bids will be received for providing non intrusive X-Ray container inspection services at ports.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

So far, ten companies have expressed interest in providing the service. 7 have applied for Port Quetzal while the other 3 have done it for Santo Tomás Port.

From newspaper "Both facilities want to be certified by the Container Security Initiative, from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency. This requisite was established after the September 11th attacks, and, starting 2012, the U.S. government will require inspection of merchandise at the embarking port."

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Guatemala: Companies Bid for Container Inspection Service

December 2009

Five companies have submitted bids for inspecting containers at Port Quetzal.

They are "Prosersa", "Sertec", "Port Security Inter (PSI)", "S2 Global Screening Solutions" and "Desarrollos Circe".

"... the board decided to reject the offers by PSI, S2 Global and Desarrollos Circe, while admitting Prosersa and Sertec, whom bid $17.85 and $20.85 per container, respectively", reported

Transportation Companies Oppose X-Ray Inspection Fee

October 2009

They label as 'excessive' the $29.99 fee that will be charged at Guatemala's Port Quetzal for the inspection service.

Andrea Escobar is the executive director of Cutrigua, an association of transportation companies in Guatemala. She considers the fee to be excessive when compared to other ports of the region, and something that will make them less competitive.

Guatemala Awards Container Inspection Contract

October 2009

Desarrollo Circe, S.A. will be in charge of inspecting containers at Port Quetzal using X-Ray unobtrusive techniques.

Another bidding process, to provide the same services at Port Santo Tomás de Castilla, was suspended until further notice.

Jessica Grajamo reports for "Circe bid $22.99 for the revision of each container. They also offered two payment alternatives: $252.890 per month or $3 million each year".

Guatemala to Tender Container Inspections

May 2009

Quetzal and Santo Tomas de Castilla port companies launched the tender process for the service for a second time.

The port companies tried to hire a non-intrusive container inspection service through X-ray last year, but the Mexican Company, Bofica, appealed before the Fifth Chamber of the Administrative Court, alleging that it had existing contracts with the State.

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