Guatemala: Changes in Puerto Quetzal Customs Offices

Private operators which were previously authorized to operate in the customs area will no longer do so and it will be the Port of Quetzal the responsible for the public role of customs clearing.

Friday, July 31, 2015

The amendments are intended to improve general customs controls and functions after the fraud network that operated from inside of the Superintendency of Tax Administration (SAT) was dismantled.

Prensalibre.com reports that "... Carlos Lainfiesta, chairman of the board of the EPQ, said that with the new structure there are three fiscal gateways for imports and exports. In the area known as Marina Pez Vela there will be a new tax area to control the entry of coal, given the increase in volume of the product which is used by power plants using this raw material. The EPQ will control the classification of customs procedures, especially those in transit, safety and intrusive and non-intrusive inspections that have to be ordered."

"... Lainfiesta said that private operators can no longer operate their fiscal gateways and the authorizations granted to them will be left without blemish, meaning that they will have a different contract under new conditions. "



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Customs Activities Suspended in Puerto Quetzal

June 2017

A court ruling has overturned the SAT resolutions authorizing Empresa Portuaria Quetzal y Terminal de Contenedores Quetzal to operate as temporary customs warehouses.

Although the Superintendency of Tax Administration (SAT) has announced that it will be appealing the ruling given by the Second Administrative Appeals Chamber, the reality is that since June 28, the activities of the customs warehouses in Empresa Portuaria Quetzal (EPQ) have been suspended as well as those at the Terminal de Contenedores Quetzal (TCQ). "...The resolution orders that the SAT no longer has the customs service under its administration, which contravenes the Central American Customs Code CAUCA, therefore the Superintendency will file an appeal against the decision made by the Court."

Quetzal Container Terminal to Start Operations Soon

August 2016

Following the authorization granted to TCQ by the Superintendency of Tax Administration to function as a temporary customs warehouse, its entry into operations for October has been announced.

An article in Prensalibre.com reports that   "...The auditor of the TCQ, Alexander Aizenstatd said that with the authorization published in Diario de Centro América on Friday, an intermediate stage has started where there a link is formed with the authorities of the SAT, in order to subsequently ask for the entry into operation. 'Closer ties have now been made with the National Port Commission for certification and following this a certification will be requested for the Marina. The plan is for the TCQ to be operational at the end of September, or beginning of October. ' "

Containers Disappear From Fiscal Warehouses

June 2016

Alcoholic beverages, technological equipment and chemical products are some of the products most affected by the disappearance of containers which has been denounced by the union of importers in Costa Rica.

The Costa Rican Chamber of Importers has expressed its concern at the "extreme" security measures which have to be taken to ensure that containers with imported goods reach their destination without being stolen in transit. Its director, Katherine Chaves, told Diarioextra.com that in some cases the containers disappear from the storage zones.

Guatemala: Merchandise at Ports Under Tax Scrutiny

March 2014

Port authorities have to provide information to the Superintendency of Tax Administration regarding the goods and containers in their custody.

The Superintendency of Tax Administration (SAT ) of Guatemala has issued a number of provisions establishing the data that must be provided - and kept up to date - by electronic transmission.

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