Guatemala: Scanners Cause Delays in Customs Offices

Businessmen are complaining about delays occurring in the process of non-intrusive inspection of goods.

Friday, March 14, 2014

The productive sector is decrying the fact that the processes for non intrusive inspections of merchandise in Customs Offices in Guatemala are making costs more expensive and extending the time it takes to make exports and imports.

"Fernando Lopez, president of the board of the IGC, said that in the past 15 months the delays have caused an increase in costs because of the long time it takes for inspections."

"Claudia Méndez, Intendent of Customs admitted that there were delays and said they have a plan to expedite the procedures for the import and export of goods in containers"



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