El Salvador Still Charging for Scans  

The signature of President Funes is still needed in order for the fee of $18 to be suspended for the non-intrusive inspections at customs offices in El Salvador.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Companies are calling for the presidential ratification of what has been passed in the Legislature, namely the suspension for 180 days of the charges on scans performed on exports and imports, and streamlining of the procedures for non-intrusive inspections.

From a statement by the Commision for Trade Facilitation (CIFACIL):


The union contends that the non-intrusive inspections should be expedited.

Members of the Commision for Trade Facilitation (CIFACIL) conducted a diagnosis of the problems identified in the non-intrusive inspections and they have been sent to the Directorate General of Customs (DGA by its initials in Spanish), in order to resolve the issues relating to this matter.

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El Salvador: Funes Maintains Scanner Charge

March 2014

President Mauricio Funes has vetoed the legislative decree suspending the charging of $18 for non-intrusive inspections at customs offices in the country.

From a statement issued by the presidency of El Salvador:

The President, Mauricio Funes vetoed today, after considering it inconvenient, the six-month suspension of the collection of a few for the service of nonintrusive inspection at customs office, which deputies approved by Legislative Decree no. 629.

El Salvador: Failures in Inspections Scans

February 2014

Exporters have reported inconsistencies in the system of non-intrusive inspections at customs offices in El Salvador.

Exporters are complaining they have paid the $18 fee more than once for scanned inspections of the same container. This is because "in some cases they are charging per product declaration issued not per the number of containers, in other words, if a container has more than one product then you must pay the fee for each one ...".

El Salvador: President Vetoes Suspension of Scanner Fee

February 2014

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

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.

Nicaragua: Concession of Customs Scanning Service

June 2013

In Nicaragua the Concession Act for Non Intrusive Inspection has been approved, allowing the award for a period of 15 years of a contract to a Panamanian company.

According to the deputy Jenny Martinez, with the award (prior to approval of the Act) the company Alvimer Internacional are ensuring the use of modern technology scanners to move goods, which will save time for the commercial sector and therefore also save money.

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