Between 2014 and 2016 the import of used cars grew by 65%, while new car imports rose by 9% in the same period.
The difference in prices is the main factor behind the exponential growth recorded in imports of used cars in El Salvador. Data from the General Directorate of Customs shows that in 2014 24,735 used vehicles came into the country, while in 2016 the figure rose to 41,000.
Customs has acknowledged the error in the recovery of $18 on cargo moving between zones and DPA's, under the Law of International Services, and others that should have been exempt from the charge.
The extension of the charge of an $18 fee at Salvadoran Customs offices to pay for X-ray equipment, on cargo that clearly should not incur the charge, caused discomfort and protests in the affected business sectors.
In September, the IMAE grew by 4.1% compared to the same month in 2014, driven by agriculture, which grew by 13%, and transport and communications, which increased by 10%.
The report of the Central Bank of Nicaragua:
In September, the monthly index of economic activity (IMAE) grew by 4.1 percent compared to September last year. Meanwhile, the average annual variation stood at 3.8 percent and cumulative growth in the January-September period was 3.5 percent.
In El Salvador a proposal has been made to create "pre-check" posts where goods are verified and permissions granted, so that when they arrive at customs most of the process has already been done.
The idea of the General Customs Directorate (DGA) comes after a host of criticisms from the export sector, which for years has complained about the slow pace in completing formalities at customs posts.
As of November a rate of $18 per non-intrusive inspection will apply to each package passing through customs, even though the scan is performed once per container.
An article on Elsalvador.com reports that "... The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of El Salvador (Camarasal) yesterday voiced its opposition to the new form of payment that the Treasury intends to implement, starting in November, on cargo coming through customs and which is reviewed using scanners. "
Carriers claim that the new rules on the $18 fee for revision using scanners is not clear when it comes to charging the fee on consolidated cargo.
This new conflict has arisen from the fact that the rules of the law do not specify whether in the case of consolidated cargo the $18 must be paid per package or if the fee should be divided among all packages, as they claim has been done up until now. The administrative provision indicates that the payment of the fee must be made with the goods declaration, ie consolidated loads must pay for each packet, for each declaration presented and not a single fee per container.
Regional unions are threatening a general strike in the Salvadoran border to protest at the rate of $18 per inspection at customs offices in that country.
S21.com.gt reports: "The new provision of the General Customs of El Salvador will take effect on 6 January, in light of this, carriers of the remaining five countries in the region have announced a general strike on the Salvadoran border if this legislation goes ahead. "
The sectors involved in trade now have a manual which sets out the unified criteria, processes and requirements for all Salvadoran customs offices.
This morning the Single Manual of Operations was presented by the Directorate General of Customs (DGA), which will be available to the public through a platform on the web site of the Ministry of Finance, www.mh.gob.sv.
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