Guatemala: Proposal for Customs Modernization Plan

The plan by the Tax Administration requires an investment of $20 million for the purchase of technological systems using scanners and electronic vehicle tax discs.

Friday, May 9, 2014

The Superintendency of Tax Administration (SAT) announced that it intends to submit a modernization plan for the customs offices of Santo Tomas, Central Customs, Puerto Quetzal, Tecum Uman and Pedro de Alvarado.

"The modernization plan to be presented includes two variants: option A is to combine technology based on gamma rays which would require $18.4 million, and procurement of electronic 'marchamos' (vehicle tax discs) using GPS requiring $2.2 million, for a total of $20.6 million. "

"Option B involves the combination of X-rays and gamma rays, but this requires an investment of $27.9 million, which would be combined with the acquisition of electronic marchamos for $2.2 million making the total cost $30.1 million. "



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