El Salvador: President Vetoes Suspension of Scanner Fee

Salvadoran exporters and importers will continue to pay the $18 fee per load and only goods passing through will be exempt from the fee.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

The authentic interpretation of the decree eliminating a charge of $18 for the non-intrusive inspection services at Salvadoran Customs offices was vetoed by President Mauricio Funes. Salvadoran exporters and importers will continue to pay the $18 fee per load and only goods passing through will be exempt from the fee.

" ... Funes argues that interpretation is unconstitutional as it violates the right to legal certainty by creating greater uncertainty in the application of customs legislation, confusing terms whose meaning, he says, are internationally recognized, referring to "transit operations" and "foreign trade " .

He explained that the initial decree makes clear that the suspension applies only to goods that do not have El Salvador as their destination, while the second says that the suspension of the collection of the fee for 180 days applies to imports and exports.

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