Customs in the Region: Keys to Development

Differences in customs processes between Central American countries to date are preventing them from trading as a block, in this case, with the EU.

Monday, April 29, 2013

According to the manager of the Integration and Trade Sector at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Antoni Estevadeordal, trade agreements themselves are not a guarantee of success."It is not enough to have a policy of openness. To take advantage of the treaties you must have production policies that are short and long term, in education, innovation, and especially in internal infrastructure, which are the ones that at the end of the day let you take advantage of the deals," he said.

"Political support is vital for a country to improve logistics and customs procedures. Customs offices require investments and resources in technology," says Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary General of the World Customs Organization (WCO)."There are many initiatives, but without efficient customs procedures you can not take advantage of the trade agreements sought by the region," he added.

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