The implementation of the new Import and Export Procedures Center will cut the time taken to carry out customs procedures to two days from the current 30.
Latribuna.hn reports Oscar Escalante, head of the Honduran ministry for trade and industry (SIC), as saying that, "tedious processes damage the economy and hurt producers, which is why ours need to be rationalized in order to make the region's economy and trade more dynamic."
An announcement has been made that the system of international transfer of goods is now operating normally after having experienced problems since July 29.
The system used by exporters and importers for international transit operations is now operating normally, after having reported failures which had been delaying the operations of carriers since Tuesday 29 July.
A single processing desk will be opened for foreign trade in order to speed up control formalities for land carriers.
From a press release issued by the Executive Directorate of Revenue (DEI):
The Executive Directorate of Revenue (DEI), with the support of the Secretariat of the Presidency of the Republic of Honduras and the technical support of International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank (WB), will start running a Single Foreign Trade Desk (known as VUCEH by its initials in Spanish), to streamline controls for land carriers, reducing costs and contributing to trade facilitation.
Entrepreneurs and drivers and transporters indicate that there are a lot of inconveniences in the customs office at Port Corinto.
Truckers for example, complain of constant fines, confiscation of vans and goods without any legal reason. They are also required to pay for stays in the harbor of Punta Icaco because front loading machines are only available at night.
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