Businessmen have complained to the Executive office about the slowness and inefficiency of customs inspections of the country, where containers are retained for up to 15 days.
The truckers blockade which paralyzed customs offices in Jutiapa for a week, has made entrepreneurs question the efficiency of border posts in the country because of the time invested in land transport. They claim the process is slow and makes products more expensive as well as harming the competitiveness of the country.
Due to falling demand the VivaColombia airline expects to reduce the number of weekly flights to the Panama Pacifico terminal from seven to four, and is requesting that airport taxes be lowered.
High rates charged by the Panama Pacific International Airport, and the lack of an agreement with the state administrator of Tocumen, SA, have caused the low cost airline VivaColombia to make preparations to reduce the number of weekly flights to the country from seven to four.
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.
It has been announced that a rate of $18 for scanned inspections of containers will be charged per declared goods and not per truck, as has been charged so far.
With the new measure a change will be made to how the scanned inspections are charged, which will mainly affect companies that share vans to reduce costs, because up until now the charge for inspections using X-ray machines was applied per truck and not to individual goods.
International passengers transiting through the country's four international airports must pay an additional $6 which corresponds to a migration tax.
With the adjustment, the total tax paid by each passenger will be $45.97, which includes the migration services and international departure taxes charged by the concessionaire of the airports in the country.
The airline VivaColombia may put an end to its flights to the terminal arguing that the increase airport tax of $15 to $32 has affected occupancy levels on their flights.
The airline from Colombia is trying to reach an agreement with the authorities of Tocumen SA in order to maintain operations at the terminal in Howard, but stated that if they are unable to do so, they will suspend flights to the airport and use Tocumen instead, starting from March 2016.
The Superior Council of Private Enterprise has presented to the Nicaraguan Institute of Telecommunications and Postal Services a request for judicial review of "Administrative Agreement 003-2015, Regulations for the payment of duties and taxes."
The private sector is opposed to the new fees and charges payable by telecommunications companies, arguing that it will cause operating costs to rise.
Representatives from the Higher Council of Private Enterprise are opposed to Administrative Agreement No. 003-2015, which will be in effect from September 22 and sets fees and charges, for the use of radio spectrum, licensing, data transmission and other services, payable to the Institute Nicaraguan Telecommunications and Postal Services.
In Costa Rica scanners donated by China in 2008 remain unused, while exporting businesses are warning of the growing infiltration of drug trafficking in the sector.
Using scanners at the ports of Limon and reactivating inspection mechanisms that were used before to control cargo in containers, are part of the measures the agro-export sector is asking of the government in order to identify potential drugs hidden in shipments of merchandise.
As of August 15 airport tax for passengers transiting the Panama Pacific airport will will rise from $15 to $34 .
The charges for passenger service in the Panama Pacific terminal will go up to $34 from August 15, and there will be a discount of 50% for pensioners and seniors. In addition to this increase, the Tocumen administration announced it has established "...
The scanners donated by the Chinese government to Costa Rica are part of the herd of white elephants which abound in Central America, objects defined as "things that are expensive to maintain and have no use".
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