The change in the rule reported by the Superintendent of Tax Administration (SAT) applies for dry-goods or refrigerated containers that are awaiting merchandise and whose temporary stay permits have expired.
Byron Dardón, journalist for Prensaliber.com wrote: "Prior to the new provision, when the equipment arrived at the ports, customs authorities would allow entry for 90 days, using the Temporary Admission of Containers (ATC) form. Once the period had expired, the ship had to pay $100 in fines and the authorization could be extended for more three months."
While the SAT indicates that the ATC can be renewed for another three months, Ronaldo Coronado, president of the Shipping Association of Guatemala (ASONAV) said that “in effect, it can be renewed, but there is a delay in authorizing the ATCs, which forces the nationalization of the container."
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.
The intervention decree over the Port of Quetzal has caused delays in clearing containers.
Containers are taking about two days to move out of port facilities, whereas beforehand it was less than 24 hours, said Hector Fajardo, of the Central Transport Federation (Fetransca).Revisions of 100% of the import containers are generating delays and also affecting the output of export containers, added the official.
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