Chaos in El Salvador Over Fee For Customs Scan

The improvised implementation of a new system of customs administration and the opposition to the collection of $18 for each declaration of goods is already affecting regional trade.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

The implementation of an inspection system for cargo transportation in El Salvador has not only generated traffic chaos but has also caused delays in intraregional trade. Private unions think that this is happening because pilot tests were not carried out prior to implementation.

It has been estimated that exports from El Salvador to the rest of the region are around $7 million a day. "... there have been delays, not so much losses because trucks have gone through, but as is now known, with delays of up to two days," said Paul Duran, president of the Corporation of Exporters of El Salvador (Coexport).

"Starting operation was an act of irresponsibility (...) in order for the country to have a good integrated inspection system it is working in the right direction, but the best thing is to implement it when all the components are ready ..." said Waldo Jimenez, director of Economic Affairs at the National Association of Private Enterprise (ANEP).



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