Exemption from $18 Customs Fee applies to all Transport

The suspension of payment for customs inspections in El Salvador applies to goods in international transit and those with a local destination.

Friday, January 24, 2014

From a press release issued by the Legislative Assembly of El Salvador:

The Legislature has approved an authentic interpretation of Decree 604, approved on January 16, which contains exceptional and transitional provisions applied to the "Customs Simplification Act" to suspended for a period of 180 days, the fee for the provision of non-intrusive inspections, whose office of departure and destination are within or outside the borders of El Salvador.

The authentic interpretation was given in order to "benefit the sectors of the population who have been affected by the fees for nonintrusive inspection of land transit operations." It clarifies that the provisions include imports and exports alike, in order to facilitate domestic and international carriers.

Deputies agreed that it was necessary that Salvadorans carriers not be disadvantaged compared to other countries, through application of the decree.

The authentic interpretation has been incorporated into the text of Article 1 of Decree 604 and will enter into force eight days after its publication in the official newspaper.

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