Illegal Customs Charges in El Salvador

Businessmen are complaining about erroneous charges being levied by Customs on exempted companies, courier shipments or cargo that does not even reach the borders.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The incorrect application of the new rules on the charge of $18 which applies in Salvadoran customs offices for the use of X-rays starting from 1 January 2016, is causing problems and provoked a reaction by seven private sector unions that form the Intergremial Commission for Trade Facilitation (Cifacil).

The chamber in Elsalvador.com reported that "... when a company enters the system to move its cargo, the software automatically charges them even when it does not pass through borders. This affects movements to and from free trade zones, yards and cellars, and courier shipments below $1,000. "

"... Cifacil has asked the Treasury to intervene in the situation, stop making the illegal charges and to quickly return the money that companies have already paid . Although they have not calculated the full cost of illegal charges, union representatives estimated that expenses for imports, movements in deposits to the free zone and exports, have doubled. "



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