CAUCA comes into effect on August 25

The meeting of the Central American Customs Committee (CAUCA) began yesterday in Nicaragua and will cover topics such as the impact that the coming into effect of CAUCA will have.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

CAUCA, which governs the customs legislation of the region's countries and the organization of their customs services, is a step towards a regional customs union. Said union is considered to be an important element in negotiations with the EU for a bi-regional association that includes a free trade agreement.
Transport unions and customs agents from the various Central American countries have criticized the Code because they believe it does not promote regional integration.

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Nicaraguan Customs Offices Obstructs Trade

October 2013

Entrepreneurs and drivers and transporters indicate that there are a lot of inconveniences in the customs office at Port Corinto.

Truckers for example, complain of constant fines, confiscation of vans and goods without any legal reason. They are also required to pay for stays in the harbor of Punta Icaco because front loading machines are only available at night.

Sieca to Launch Customs IT Systems

March 2010

In the first half of the year, the Central American Economic Integration Secretary (Sieca) will launch two IT systems for customs offices.

They are called Siauca (Unified Customs Information System for Central America) and AIC (Integrated Central American Tariff).

Siauca "is to be used exclusively by the customs authorities of the five countries of the region, and will enable them to freely exchange information", reported Meanwhile, "AIC is an information tool covering imports and exports from the 5 Sieca countries".

Customs agents opposed to CAUCA

August 2008

They will ask the Central American Court of Justice to annul CAUCA, which recently came into force on August 25.

Oscar Ramos Valverde, president of the Confederation of Customs Agents of Central America and the Caribbean, informed Prensa Libre that they are to present the case to the Court (which is based in Nicaragua) today, and will asked that resolutions 223-2008 and 224-2008 of the Ministerial Council for Economic Integration (Comierco), which contain the new Uniform Customs Code for Central America (CAUCA IV) and its regulations (Recauca)be annulled.

Economy ministers study reforms to improve Central American trade

April 2008

The Board of Economic Integration Ministers of Central America met today in San Salvador to analyze reforms that would improve regional trade.

Yolanda Mayora, the Salvadorean Minister, told the news media that during the meeting they analyzed reforms to the Uniform Customs Code of Central America and its rules. They considered technological improvements to transmit commercial transactions and customs payments electronically.

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