Delays Continue at Customs Offices in El Salvador

Problems persist in the process of reviewing merchandise at the border posts in Amatillo and La Hachadura causing delays to cargo trucks.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Double review processes, recurring failures with x-ray machine inspection and the absence of a contingency plan for unforeseen delays has generated delays of between 19 and 23 hours for the approval of entry and exit of goods, said the Salvadoran Association of International Freight Carriers (ASTIC).

"ASTIC states that during the last week there were problems in Amatillo, reporting that the x-ray machine stopped working ... The union believes that in this case, a contingency measure should be applied, using the old system where carriers receiving a selective green light could go through without inspection and if given a red light would be transferred to (the customs office in) San Bartolo where they would be examined ... On the other hand, there has been criticism of the presence of narcotics agents at borders because the fact that there is an x-ray system should mean that policemen are not necessary at the border."

"Nelson Vanegas, president of the Salvadoran Association of Cargo Transport (ASETCA) said that there are three fundamental points that have caused delays at the border of La Hachadura ... The first is the issue of infrastructure, since it is not able to meet the demand from vehicles in both countries, second is the interpretation of the community legal framework as Guatemala interprets it one way and El Salvador another . Finally, there is the issue of procedures that are not standardized in both borders. "

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