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.

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Private Offices at Paso Canoas Border

May 2013

At the border crossing singled out as the slowest in Central America, private sites for carriers could be used to manage customs documents.

According to Abdiel Lezcano, regional director of Customs, this is one of the measures being contemplated, after receiving complaints from hundreds of drivers of trucks transiting the border crossing.

Costa Rica: Advantages of Digital Customs

February 2012

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.

Operators feel that the system is "a wonder" and note that "customs offices in the interior no longer have long lines or people offering to streamline procedures informally (known as “gavilanes” in Spanish).

$ 10 Million for Custom Services in Puerto Cortes

December 2010

The IDB loan will help improve control, security and custom services at the Honduran port terminal.

Puerto Cortes handles 81% of freight and 76% of vessels entering and leaving Honduras and is the main port in Central America.

This project is the first of its kind in Latin America and the Caribbean and aims at improving the safety and fiscal control in order to facilitate and accelerate verification of legitimate trade.

Traffic on Guatemala-Mexico Border Returns to Normal

July 2016

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.

The Superintendent of Tax Administration is also operating an extraordinary timetable, a measure which could be extended for a few days, depending on what is decided at the end of the weekend.

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