Customs: $52 Million in Investments Projected

In the next five years, the Guatemalan government plans to invest in the renovation of existing buildings and the construction of new customs infrastructure.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

The investments, which will be in charge of the Superintendence of Tax Administration (SAT) and which correspond to the Program of Integral Customs Modernization (MIAD) 2019-2023, contemplate two major components, which are infrastructure and technology.

Werner Florencio Ovalle, mayor of Customs, told that "... the resources for modernization will be ours, after Congress no longer recognized a US$55 million loan for that purpose. We want a customs model that is competitive and focused on the use of technological tools."

Ovalle added that for the next few years "... a greater volume of transactions is expected and, for that purpose, the investment plan will be aimed at continuous improvement. Therefore, it already has an infrastructure diagnosis, in some enclosures it will have to be remodeled and in another new infrastructure."

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