Central America: Customs Difficulties Persist

Because the implementation of the Central American Single Declaration continues to generate problems in customs in the region, the contingency plan for DUCA F and DUCA was extended until June 27.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

"If you use the Contingency Plan, we suggest that you make sure you arrive at the destination country with the DUCA F and DUCA T duly processed and the supporting documents," reported the Guatemalan Association of Exporters.

See "Contingency Plan for Customs Challenges" and "Difficulties in Customs Do Not Stop”.

From the Agexport release:

Authorities of the Customs Committee of Central America have confirmed the progress to standardize the operations carried out in the DUCA computer systems. However, some inconveniences have been reported in the electronic transmission of this document.

Therefore, they have agreed to maintain the Contingency Plan for DUCA F and DUCA T until June 27, 2019, at 23:59 hours. When using the Contingency Plan, we suggest that you make sure that you arrive at the destination country with the DUCA F and DUCA T duly processed and the supporting documents.

If you would like more information on how to apply this Contingency Plan send an email to: duca@sat.gob.gt; ayuda@sat.gob.gt and aduanamoderna@sat.gob.gt.

Please note that Honduras suspends the contingency for the registration and printing of DUCA-T initiated in your country.

Any consultation can be communicated to the VUPE Exporter Service area from 8:00 to 17:00 hours, to the PBX 2422-3535 or to the following e-mails: seadex@agexport.org.gt OR to the PBX of AGEXPORT: 2422-3400. During non-business hours, the IT/VUPE Technical Support number is available: 5482-2903.



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October 2019

Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras agreed that May 4, 2020 is the new date for the use of the Central American Single Invoice and Declaration.

From the Agexport statement:

September 30, 2019. The Ministry of Economy through the Vice-Ministry of Integration and Foreign Trade announced on September 27, 2019 that in a meeting with the Ministerial Instance of the Customs Union of the Republics of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras it was agreed as follows:

Customs: Contingency Plan Finishes

July 2019

After having been extended several times, the contingency plan for DUCA F and DUCA was finalized on July 8, however, there is uncertainty because the platform is not fully operational.

The entry into force of the Central American Single Declaration at the beginning of May generated delays in the import and export processes, so it was decided to activate a contingency plan at the Central American level.

Difficulties in Customs Do Not Stop

June 2019

Since there are still difficulties arising from the implementation of the Single Central American Declaration, the Contingency Plan for DUCA F and DUCA T was extended until 17 June.

Central American customs authorities agree to maintain in force the Contingency Plan for DUCA F and DUCA T, until June 17, 2019, at 23:59 hours.

Contingency Plan for Customs Challenges

May 2019

Because the entry into force of the Central American Single Declaration has generated delays in the import and export processes, a contingency plan will be implemented at all customs offices in the region.

By agreement of the Council of Ministers of Economic Integration (COMIECO), on May 7 the Single Central American Declaration (DUCA) was implemented at the regional level, a situation that has generated many difficulties arising from the implementation of the new system in the import and export processes.

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