El Salvador: Request for Repayment of Scanner Fees

While in customs offices the $18 fee is still being charged, those employers affected by it are concerned and are asking for a refund of what they have already paid.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Chamber of Commerce of El Salvador (CCES) expects the authentic interpretation of the decree exempting the charge for the service of non-intrusive inspection of exports and imports and international transit of goods, to be published soon in the Official Journal, as the $18 fee is still being charged at the borders of the country.

" ... at the moment there is no estimate of how much has been paid since it came into force, but we are waiting to see what is decided. We will have to see what the process is for reintegrating those who have already paid," said Mario Magaña, director of economic affairs of the CCES.

" ... while notice has not yet been published in the official newspaper and details not verified, employers must continue to pay, but we are not ruling out the possibility of them recovering the money paid."

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