Complaints have been made that 70 pre-statements have not been processed, delaying the customs clearance of raw materials and others such as beauty products because of delays in health and safety procedures.
Representatives from the National Union of Panama Customs Brokers argue that the proceedings are taking up to two months, whereas previously the process took between 6 and 24 hours. These delays have led to additional charges for storage and warehouses.
Central American countries need to implement a series of improvements in customs procedures in order to meet the requirements of the agreement for the facilitation of international trade.
Within two years, as part of the commitments made in the 2001 Doha Round of the Bali Agreement, signed in 2013 by 160 nations belonging to the World Trade Organization (WTO), including Central America, governments will have to harmonize their customs systems ensuring trade facilitation. However, to date institutional progress on issues established by the Agreement such as simplification, harmonization and automation of procedures for international trade have not happened, particularly in relation to the requirements and formalities for import, export and transit of border freight.
While in Panama a company can send a container abroad in 10 days, in Nicaragua the process takes 21 days.
Of all the countries in the region Nicaragua is the place where exporting or importing goods takes the longest, significantly increasing the cost of these commercial operations, said the Doing Business report issued by the World Bank (WB).
ATS El Salvador is a Customs Agency with 26 years of providing services for imports, exports, transits, consultancies and international transport.
Operates in El Salvador
Phone: (503) 2235 6522 - (503) 2235 6524