Contingency Plan for Customs Challenges

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.

Friday, May 10, 2019

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.

In this regard, the Superintendence of Tax Administration of Guatemala reported that "... in order not to hinder trade in the region and facilitate the customs clearance process in the different customs offices of the country, it was recommended that in addition to the Customs Services activate the regional contingency plan, which will allow the different foreign trade operators to carry out their operations under the framework of the aforementioned plan."

See "Losses due to Customs bureaucracy"

From the Ministry of Finance of El Salvador statement:

Considering that by agreement of the Council of Ministers of Economic Integration (COMIECO), the regional implementation of the Single Central American Declaration (DUCA) in the form of DUCA-F, DUCA-T and DUCA-D was scheduled for May 7, the General Directorate of Customs (DGA) announces:

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