El Salvador: Fines for Customs Violations

The Legislature has approved a law reform that reduces to $300 fines for driving outside of established routes or non-compliance with the deadlines set for the customs transit regime.

Monday, September 11, 2017

From a statement issued by the Legislative Assembly of El Salvador:

During the Plenary Session on Thursday, MPs authorized an amendment to article 6 of the Special Law to Sanction Customs Offenses, in order to reduce to fines of $300 for driving outside of established routes or failing to meet deadlines set for customs transit procedures.

The aim of this is to facilitate customs procedures, ensuring at all times control of goods, as well as adapting legislation to prevailing trends in foreign trade.

See full press release (In Spanish).

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