Customs: Contingency Plan Finishes

After having been extended several times, the contingency plan for DUCA F and DUCA was finalized on July 8, however, there is uncertainty because the platform is not fully operational.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

The entry into force of the Central American Single Declaration at the beginning of May generated delays in the import and export processes, so it was decided to activate a contingency plan at the Central American level.

Two months after the plan was activated, its validity ended and now the Duca platform will have to be used, a situation that generates uncertainty in the business sector, as some difficulties still persist.

Carmen Aída de Meardi, president of the Intergremial Commission for Trade Facilitation (Cifacil), explained to Elmundo.sv that "... the Regional Contingency Plan should be maintained until all the computer adjustments in the Duca platform had been completed and its functioning at the regional level had been verified."

Silvia Cuellar, executive director of the Corporation of Exporters of El Salvador (Coexport), indicated that "... although the failures of the system 'have been overcome', the failures still persist. If the authorities have studied the subject and have thought that the contingency should no longer continue, their responsibility (...), the system works, there are fewer consultations, there are fewer problems, but there are still a few'."

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