El Salvador: Cargo In Transit Will Not Incur Scanner Fee

With the amendment to the Customs Simplification Act charges for inspections using scanners on international freight have been eliminated, but are maintained for cargo of national origin or destination.

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Legislature has eliminated the fee of $18 for use of scanners on international freight, but not on national cargo, ie freight departing from or arriving at El Salvador.

Elsalvador.com reports that "... The reform that the Assembly made to the Customs Simplification Act eliminates the tax for all cargo that does not have the country as its destination or origin. It was explained that this modification does not eliminate the use of X-ray scanners to monitor the flow of cargo. Carriers still have to undergo this system. "

The president of the Salvadoran Association of International Cargo Carriers, Raul Alfaro, added "... Elimination of the tax is a good thing, as it generated a lot of dissatisfaction among carriers in Central America. However, the decision they made on Thursday could have been made in January this year instead of being delayed. "

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