The National Association of Honduran Customs Agents complained about the difficulties with the Honduran Automated System for Customs Income (SARAH).
In an interview with Hondudiario.com, the vice president of the National Association of Honduran Customs Agents (FENADUANAH), Gustavo Chévez, indicated that the system implemented by the Executive Directorate of Revenue (DEI) "has generated more losses instead of profits for Customs."
Growers are concerned that the fixed price agreement with the food industry expired last week.
Rito Padilla, a Honduran rice grower, told Hondudiario.com that, "we had a signed agreement that expired on Saturday; we were guaranteed a price of 380 lempiras (about $20) per hundredweight and we are now adrift".
To meet internal demand, the Government will invest $264 million to cultivate 700 thousand acres of corn, rice and red beans.
With the $264 million, the government plans to produce about 22 million quintals of corn, 1 million quintals of rice and 2.2 million quintals of red beans in 2009," said Héctor Hernández, Minister Agriculture and Livestock, to Hondudiario.com.
The Executive Directorate of Revenue (DEI) reported a total of 40 thousand policies sold compared to 60 thousand during the same period last year.
This decline represents a revenue loss of $24 million for land customs in connection with the projected collection goal.
The head of the Executive Directorate of Revenue (DEI), Armando Sarmiento, told Hondudiario.com, "This represents a revenue loss of $24 million for land customs (460 million Lempiras) in relation to the collection goal which is being revised now in accordance with the national reality. The DEI is collecting more than last year, but the growth levels are 6% rather than 17%."
The industry has achieved a growth rate of 40 hectares per year through the “Rural Economic Development Network."
The newspaper Hondudiario.com published: "Jacobo Regalado, plantain producer and exporter, said that due to international demand, the cultivation and export of this food has increased. ‘In areas such as Cantarranas in Yoro, we saw exports of approximately 35 containers in the previous year which had an attractive price of $9.5 for each box weighing 47 pounds,’ he specified."
From 2007 to 2008, wine and liquor imports from different parts of the world increased by $648.90 million.
Data provided by the Executive Directorate of Revenue (DEI) published by Hondudiario.com indicated that the volume of imports by both Honduran entrepreneurs and foreigners meant a tax collection of $53 million for the entity.
As part of the Agritrade Platform, Guatemala will participate for the 27th time in PMA Fresh Summit, the most important international trade show and convention of fruits and vegetables in the United States, which will take place at Anaheim Convention Center, California from October 17th to 19th.