Heavy Customs Bureaucracy in Guatemala

Businessmen have complained to the Executive office about the slowness and inefficiency of customs inspections of the country, where containers are retained for up to 15 days.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The truckers blockade which paralyzed customs offices in Jutiapa for a week, has made ​​entrepreneurs question the efficiency of border posts in the country because of the time invested in land transport. They claim the process is slow and makes products more expensive as well as harming the competitiveness of the country.

The concern prompted a meeting between Jorge Briz, president of the Coordinating Committee of Agricultural, Commercial, Industrial and Financial Associations (CACIF) with President Morales. Briz said to Prensalibre.com that "... we are not opposed to verifications being carried out by government entities, but the delays are not only being caused by the collection agency of El Salvador, but also the lack of controls that is a persistant problem in Guatemalan customs offices."

"... Nils Leporowski president of the Chamber of Agriculture (Camagro) commented that there is inter institutional disorder because several entities such as the Tax Administration, the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food and the Interior Ministry simultaneously carry out inspections of containers and this causes large queues of vehicles requiring up to 15 days for them to be released. "

Both President Morales and Vice President Jafeth Cabrera pledged to set up a multidisciplinary work table to find solutions to customs related problems in a week.



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