Customs: The Eternal Thorn in the Side of the Logistics Sector

Despite innumerable meetings of leaders and officials who frequently express their willingness to act on the issue, customs transit continues to be the main factor affecting logistics costs for regional trade.

Friday, May 29, 2015

At the first congress of freight transport in El Salvador once again the problem that continues to prevent the region achieving greater commercial development, was brought to the light. While the private sector has denounced the issue to the authorities in the region many times, "... obstacles remain, causing long queues of vehicles outside customs offices."

Guillermo Massana, president of the union of carriers of El Salvador, told that "... "The people at the customs office argue that it is to do with a change of staff, but that should not affect the efficiency of the service. There are a lot of delays and that makes us incur additional costs that we can not pass on to our customers.'"

Moses Pacas, member of the Freight Transport Association, "... also stressed that although he is taking on new technological equipment, customs workers always take discretionary decisions which give preference to other companies and delay work for others. "

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