Guatemala: Plans to Streamline Customs Offices

The Tax Authority has approved the implementation of a pilot program in customs offices which will reduce the time it takes to inspect containers.

Friday, July 19, 2013

According to the Indendent of Customs, Filadelfo Reyes, the plan will come into effect on August 2. "We want to facilitate foreign trade operations in customs with this new methodology," the official said.

He added that inspecting merchandise currently takes five to six days, but the plan is to to reduce this by 50% using information sent in advance electronically. "We will put more emphasis on those goods and importers which represent more risk," he added.

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