Nicaragua: New General Customs Bill

The project submitted by the Executive to the National Assembly stipulates one hundreds types of fines with values between $ 100 and $ 1,000.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Regarding the proposal, customs unions indicated concern and believe that the new project is “dangerous” and a “step backward” to the procedures for clearance of goods.

Current law provides for 17 administrative fines and 17 fines for crimes and offenses against the Treasury.

Ernesto Varas, vice president of the Association of Independent Customs, told, "What the Government seeks is to validate the excessive tax collection in place by the DGA, because in shipments, for example, the imposed fine is $ 50 per container."

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Businessman Want Agile and Transparent Customs

December 2012

Nicaraguan businessmen will meet with the government to request procedures that avoid the variability of current customs clearance.

The private enterprise aims to put in place mechanisms that eliminate the discretion applied by officials in the process of customs clearance of imports, in meetings with the Government scheduled for today.

Pressure for Changes to Customs Act

August 2012

Among the changes requested by the Guatemalan private sector, are the elimination of insurance for theft of goods in transit and the current billing method.

Private sector representatives together with the Tax Authority (SAT) are working on a draft for a new law, which introduces changes to almost 80% of the current Customs Act.

Guatemala: Confrontation Over Customs Act

May 2012

After further requests for extending fine exemptions and a comprehensive reform of the Customs Act, the government has responded saying that they will evaluate such requests.

The National Council for Promotion of Exports (CONAPEX), comprising representatives of the Executive and the private sector, called for an urgent reform of the Customs Act and the granting of another 90-day extension for exemptions from fines for violating the new customs regulations.

Guatemala: Call for Suspension of Customs Law

March 2012

The American Guatemalan Chamber of Commerce noted that the implementation of the Act without the respective regulations is confusing, taking away transparency in the system and increasing costs.

The Guatemalan Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) has requested that the Government suspend the Customs Act, which was included in the recently approved tax reform.

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