Customs: Problems Continue in Guatemala and El Salvador

Delays are reported in Salvadoran customs in San Cristóbal and La Hachadura, and difficulties in the port of Santo Tomás de Castilla, in Guatemala, because of the implementation of DUCA.

Monday, May 27, 2019

The Inter-American Commission for Trade Facilitation (CIFACIL) of El Salvador asked the Superintendency of Tax Administration (SAT) of Guatemala, to work to solve the problems that Salvadoran companies are facing in the port of Santo Tomás de Castilla, Guatemalan maritime terminal in the Atlantic, arising from the implementation of the Single Central American Declaration (DUCA).

See "Losses due to Customs bureaucracy"

Laprensagrafica.com reviews that "... The main shipping companies through which we move our import and export cargo report to us that because of the inconsistencies of the computer system we have about 300 equipment retained without being able to mobilize and a number of pilots assigned in the same conditions," says the letter that CIFACIL sent to Werner Ovalle, customs intendant of Guatemala, last Friday."

On the other hand, the Guatemalan exporters' guild denounced in a statement that Guatemala's passage through Salvadoran customs, San Cristóbal and La Hachadura, remains slow, and even for moments, without movement. Several kilometers of containers and trucks are stranded, waiting to cross the borders two days ago.

Also see "Customs Problems: Contingency Plan Expanded"

From the Agexport statement:

Guatemala's passage through Salvadoran customs, San Cristóbal and La Hachadura, remains slow, and even for moments, without movement. Several kilometers of containers and trucks are stranded, waiting to cross the borders two days ago.

Read full statement (In Spanish).

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