80% of the transit of merchandise in the region expedited

The program which has been in place since last July seeks to provide facilities to exporters and importers at Customs offices in the region.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Elheraldo.hn reports "that it is now in place at Customs at El Amatillo (Honduras and El Salvador) and Guasaule (Honduras and Nicaragua), where the results, according to Alvaro Sarmiento, coordinator of the Sieca Customs and Border Crossing Management project, have been satisfactory in speeding up the shipment of merchandise.

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Implementation of Guatemala - Honduras Customs Union

May 2016

Customs Union between Guatemala and Honduras passes implementation phase after submission of the Enabling Protocol to SICA.

From a statement issued by the Secretariat of Central American Economic Integration:

Central, 4 May 2016. The Republics of Guatemala and Honduras, accompanied by the Secretariat of Central American Economic Integration (SIECA), officially delivered the Enabling Protocol for the Deep Integration Process into the free transit of goods and individuals between the two countries, for its submission to the General Secretariat of the Central American Integration System (SICA).

Customs Treaty in Effect in Guatemala

February 2011

With the publication in the official newspaper the Framework Convention for the Establishment of the Customs Union is now in effect.

The agreement was approved by Congress on September 9th, 2010.

Deputy Economy Minister for Foreign Trade and Integration, Raul Trejo, told Sigloxxi.com, "We are legally fulfilling a commitment made by all countries in the region” explaining that it has been ratified by almost all nations with a pending process in Costa Rica."

Honduras and Nicaragua Analyze Joint Customs Office

September 2010

In the process to form a Customs Union, authorities from both countries are analyzing a joint customs office in the Guasaule area.

They would be located in the same territory and share the same administrative offices to receive and dispatch merchandise.

This year, both countries started a customs modernization process which will improve some procedures to control imports, cut red-tape and increase the flow of trade between both countries.

Central American Harmonized Tariff Code Moves Forward

May 2010

The World Customs Organization and SIECA will sign an agreement to support Central America in harmonizing and standardizing custom procedures.

Currently, Central America has 96% of its tariff code harmonized, and the remaining 4% will be discussed over the next two years. A unique, harmonized tariff code should be ready by 2012, when the Association Agreement with the European Union is expected to come into effect.

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