Confusion in El Salvador Over Exceptions To Scanner Fee

Salvadoran exporters are asking for clarification over the regulation that puts on hold the fee of $18 per inspection of goods.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The Corporation of Exporters of El Salvador (Coexport) asked the Government to clarify which goods have to be inspected at customs and pay the $18 fee. They explain that there is confusion occurring at the regional level which must be addressed.

"They asked for the inclusion of the terms 'import and export'" However, when translated into legal language, the term became "international land transit of goods", and this has caused confusion," said Silvia Cuéllar, executive director of Coexport.

"While the government claims that the exemption only applies to cargo passing through the Salvadoran border, the union insisted that "the spirit" of the reform is to include all operations."

Coexport "... suggested that during these 180 days only cargo with suspected anomalies, ie, which is forced to go through the x ray scanners, pay the $18."

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