Guatemalan Customs cuts waiting time for clearance
Guatemala's Customs service sharply reduced the waiting times for the verification of merchandise in the first half of this year.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Marco A. Martínez, head of the Guatemala branch of the Latin American couriers' association, Cladec, said couriers were reporting that merchandise was now being cleared Customs in less than an hour where previously it had taken an hour and 45 minutes at least.
At the border crossing singled out as the slowest in Central America, private sites for carriers could be used to manage customs documents.
The system came into operation in 2005 and by 2007 all customs offices were integrated into it, reducing the average time of procedures from 48 hours 20 minutes.
The IDB loan will help improve control, security and custom services at the Honduran port terminal.
In the customs offices of Tecun Uman working hours have been extended both on the Guatemalan and Mexican side in order to allow passage of trucks which until now had been left stranded.
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