El Salvador: Private Public Management of Customs Offices

Businessmen are proposing that the management of customs cease to be the responsibility of the Ministry of Finance and instead be managed by a company from the private sector.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

In order to streamline the procedures for customs and facilitate intraregional trade Salvadoran businessmen have prepared a series of proposals to the government, including the creation of a Customs Superintendent managed jointly by the public and private sectors.

"... This new entity would be chaired by the Ministry of Economy and would have two representatives from the private sector, one for exporters and another for importers.
The superintendent would also assume other functions currently assigned to the Ministry of Economy, such as the search for new markets and improving competitiveness, ie business intelligence. "

This way of organizing the management of Customs offices is used in Guatemala.
"... That's why in Guatemala it only takes half an hour to get the goods through customs, because they are checking, obviously, that contraband does not go through customs, no drugs ... illegal stuff, but their goal is to promote economic development, promote Central American integration, insertion the country into globalization. "

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