Logistics companies and customs agents have reported inconsistencies in the application of standards and inefficiency and slowness in the computer systems that are used to carry out the processes.
Although the country is the main logistics hub in the region, employers and brokers have pointed out the presence of obstacles, such as poor management of the SIGA computer system, affecting services and preventing an improvement in the competitiveness of Panamanian trade abroad.
Following the meeting of President Martinelli with his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro, doubts remain about when the debt will be settled.
It's been two weeks since the Panamanian president, Ricardo Martinelli, visited his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro, in order to find a solution to the problem of the debt owed by Venezuelan entrepreneurs to the Colon Free Zone (CFZ). However, members of the association of users have yet to receive an official report on what was negotiated. Nor do they know how the bilateral economic commission which will address the debt problem, will work.
Colombia will continue to apply extra tariffs on re-exports coming from the CFZ for products which do not have certificates of origin and value-added processing.
After signing the agreement with Colombia, "We do not know how the [issue with] the CFZ ended up. There is a vacuum of information that we do not understand and I fear the worst. The silence, can be taken as a case of "no news is bad news", said Surse Pierpoint, president of the Association of Users of the Colon Free Zone.
The Free Trade Agreement with Guatemala added to those with Taiwan, Singapore, Chile, Costa Rica, and Honduras.
The group of countries that allow a wide variety of tariff-free Panamanian products through free trade agreements will be expanded with the ratification of the agreement with Nicaragua, creating a larger network of favorable markets. This can offset the decline in revenues caused by the global crisis.
A decree by the Ecuadorian government prohibits public contracting of companies based in “Fiscal Paradises.”
Panama does not dismiss the formation of a block by those countries affected by the new decree.
Prensa.com highlights comments by the vice minister of foreign trade, Severo Sousa, regarding this issue: "We can, in some way, join efforts if we were to take the case to the WTO (World Trade Organization) to begin a diplomatic offensive, or both can be done."
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