Honduras: Number of Customs Offices Reduced

In order to expedite clearance of goods and reduce corruption in the customs system, a modernization plan has been launched.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The customs modernization plan submitted by the Honduran consultant David Molina, reduces the number of customs offices in the territory and centralizes the management of this responsibility through three logistical hubs located in Puerto Cortes, Tegucigalpa, and Santa Barbara.

"According to the Law on Income and Efficiency in Public Expenditure, approved by Decree 113-2011, ... in order to improve the provision of customs services, the DEI has been authorised to submit a plan, within 60 days, for an investment project in the form of a public-private partnership that will allow logistics specialization in the primary customs area.

The DEI has the authority to establish fees for services that allow the recovery of costs incurred and the investment made in providing the following services: electronic customs stamps, unloading freight tracking system using GPS, scanning of containers, storage and review of merchandise", published Elheraldo.hn

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Assigning container inspections to a "green channel" for importers with a good record and creating a one-stop shop to streamline procedures is part of what has been proposed to reduce congestion at the port.

Constant complaints over problems and delays faced by entrepreneurs in the Honduran port terminal have led the government to prepare a series of measures to reduce container inspection times and streamline processes to export or import goods through the port. See: "Customs Problems Arise in Puerto Cortes Again".

Costly Delays in Puerto Cortes

May 2016

Clearing a container through customs can take up to 14 days and the extra costs for surcharges which apply after a third day can exceed $600.

An article on Laprensa.hn reports that "...Of those 14 days, only about 11 will be spent waiting, first for the cargo to be inspected and after for a diagnosis to be made, or because of the delay added due to days when customs officers from the now liquidated Executive Directorate of Revenue ( DEI) have taken off in order to migrate to the Revenue Management System (SAR). "

Renewed Services at Hidalgo Border Crossing

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The reopening of customs and health controls at the Mexican border of Ciudad Hidalgo reduces logistics costs for Nicaraguan exporters.

Nicaraguan exporters no longer have to send their goods by boat through Manzanillo port (south), now they can do so through the border at Ciudad Hidalgo (north), Mexican authorities announced.

Customs Services Requested at Corinto Border

March 2013

The Secretary of Commerce in Guatemala has asked Honduras to establish a land customs office in Corinto, which at the moment is operating as a border crossing.

A statement from the Honduran Revenue Office (DEI) reads:

Authorities from the Ministry of Industry and Commerce (SIC) at the Executive Directorate of Revenue (DEI) and the Ministry of Commerce in Guatemala, met in the city of Tegucigalpa, in order to define new tax trade routes between Honduras and Guatemala .

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