How to Remove Trade Barriers

A new information platform aims to identify the main disadvantages faced by companies that transport goods through the region in customs and paperwork management.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

The Central American Economic Integration Secretariat (Sieca) presented the Trade Incidences Platform, which will compile information on the disadvantages that companies have in the areas of customs, transport, sanitary procedures, phytosanitary, import or export.

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The new digital platform will be used by economic agents, who will be able to inform the Consultative Committee on Economic Integration (CCIE) when they register at https://www.incidenciascomercio.sieca.int/.

Melvin Redondo, General Secretary of Sieca said to Dca.gob.gt that "... With this platform we intend to collect information on different problems registered in the transit of goods in the region, which will allow the CCIE to establish a dialogue with the authorities of each country to solve these problems and expedite trade.

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On the other hand, Fanny D. Estrada, director of the Guatemalan Association of Exporters (Agexport), indicated that "... for the businessmen this launch is like listening to music because the problems in the Central American borders exist for decades and therefore the fact that today we have this platform will facilitate the approach of these inconveniences. An improvement in the mobility of products, i.e. exceeding the 14 kilometers travelled by a lorry per hour, will lower the costs for goods.

According to data estimated by the United Nations and validated by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, the costs incurred by companies in transporting cargo in Central America currently exceed the costs assumed in some developed markets by up to 40%.

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