The union of exporters claims that business opportunities are being lost due to the slow pace of processing and issue of permits and certificates for export.
Juan Bulnes, president of the Panamanian Association of Exporters (APEX), told Prensa.com that"...'For exporters, the National Customs Authority (ANA) and the Ministry of Health (MoH) are a thorn in their side'."
In the first phase of the Single Window for Electronic Foreign Trade authorization will be given for export declarations for sea products, and in a second stage, for agricultural products.
From a statement issued by the Ministry of Industry and Trade:
ICIM 09/22/2016.Through the Single Window for Electronic Foreign Trade (VUCE by its initials in Spanish), the Ministry of Trade and Industry has initiated the electronic approval of exports, a joint piece of work with the National Customs Authority, the Government Innovation Authority, the Aquatic Resources Authority of Panama, the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Ministry of Agricultural Development (MIDA), said Minister Augusto Arosemena, who announced that this is one of the pioneering projects in trade facilitation in our country.
The Superintendence of Competition has authorized the Honduran company Imperia Imperia Intercontinental and Inversiones El Salvador to buy from Banco Citibank, five of its subsidiaries, Seguros e Inversiones, and Cititarjetas.
From a statement issued by the Superintendency of Competition in El Salvador:
The Board of Directors of the Superintendency of Competition has approved this day, an authorization request for a merger consisting of the purchase of Banco Citibank de El Salvador, S.A. and five of its subsidiaries, Seguros e Inversiones S.A. (SISA) and its subsidiary and Cititarjetas, by Imperia Imperia Intercontinental Inc. and Inversiones El Salvador S.A. de C.V. The deal involves a non-horizontal economic concentration of a conglomerate for most of its operations and a vertical relationship for the provision of financial services through ATMs at gas stations.
In order to speed up timeframes and procedures, employers have asked that the requirement be eliminated or that the the timeframe, currently one month, be extended to at least one year.
In Central America, only authorities in Nicaragua are demanding compliance with fiscal solvency, which directly affects the competitiveness of local exporters against the rest of the region. In order to speed up the times and procedures, employers are asking for the requirement to be eliminated or that the timeframe, currently one month, be extended to at least one year.
Simplification of the import process in Acajutla and a reduction in delivery times of goods for export are part of the changes announced by the Ministry of Finance.
From a statement issued by the Ministry of Finance:
The Ministry of Finance, through the Directorate General of Customs, announces the implementation of measures that will improve the flow of goods, transit and people and in turn, reduce the time it takes to carry out procedures for Salvadoran exports, all in order to decongest borders and make controls more agile:
The launch of an online approval system for mineral export inspection has been announced.
From a statement issued by the Honduran Institute of Geology and Mines:
Tegucigalpa April 20, 2016.- In a representative event by the Honduran Institute of Geology and Mines INHGEOMIN, a step has been taken towards the cutting edge with the launch of the online Inspection Approval Module for Exporting Minerals, which is a new technology platform that will benefit exporters as a new form of communication between citizens and the INHGEOMIN in its capacity as regulator of mining activities in Honduras.
The Single Window for Exports has changed prices for VUPE services for the period 2016.
From a statement issued by Agexport:
Prices for emissions from the Counters issuing the Single Customs Form, Central American (FAUCA), Declaration for the Registration and Control of Exports (DEPREX) and the Single Customs Declaration (DUA) Definitive Rectifying forms have a cost of Q.85.00
The private sector is studying a government proposal designed to ease and reduce the number of formalities which need to be completed for exports and construction.
The government proposal which is being analyzed by the Superior Council of Private Enterprise (COSEP) responds to a number of concerns expressed by the same entrepreneurs months ago, who requested that the proceedings which are undertaken for exports, building and developing other economic activities be reviewed.
Exporting companies operating under the decree 29-89 can perform their current account withdrawals digitally through the OPA Web platform.
From a statement issued by the Guatemalan Exporters Association (AGEXPORT):
In order to achieve continuous improvement in the electronic systems of the Office Processing Arrangements (OPA) and facilitate export operations, OPA has re-engineered in its online system for current account withdrawals, launching the new OPA Web system, which will allow Current Account Withdrawals via the Web, and in this way fulfill an essential requirement of companies covered under Decree 29-89.
Due to delays in the issuance of health certificates from the Animal Health Service a company that exportssweeteners has failed to get its product into Mexico.
The company Sweetwell claims it has two 40 ton containers detained in Mexico because it did not have two certifications that should have been issued by the Animal Health Service days ago. Carlos Mateo, CEO of Sweetwell told Nacion.com "... on Wednesday the permit will have been 20 days in process and we still do not have it."
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