Combined Container Inspections in Puerto Quetzal

An announcement has been made that in 2016 an integrated system will be used to to carry out fiscal, safety and phytosanitary controls in a single revision.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The Tax Authority will be responsible for deciding the date of the launch of the new system, which will integrate phytosanitary controls, customs and security in the container terminal of Puerto Quetzal. It is hoped that an agreement will be reached between all the institutions involved before the end of this year so that the the system can be implemented next year.

Elperiodico.com.gt reports that "... The unification of controls involves streamlining of procedures and avoiding the additional costs and product loss, especially in the case of perishable goods. Carlos Lainfiesta, chairman of the board of the EPQ, said they have already agreed on the electronic system to be used and that it will be up to the SAT to decide the date for putting the plan into action. "

"... This inspection method is in response to a request from employers who complained about all of the procedures they have to go through. The idea is for containers to be inspected once, for issues related to taxes, security and pesticides, controls which are required for the entry of goods into the country. On average, a container with a green light can take between five to ten days to be released. With a red light it can take up to two weeks, said Ricardo Carrillo, director of the Manufacturing Committee of the Guatemalan Association of Exporters (AGEXPORT). "



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