Intervention Delaying Passage Through Customs in Guatemala

With the decreed intervention the time it takes to pass through customs has doubled and even tripled in some cases.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 reports: "The militarization in customs offices and the lack of staff in the Tax Authority (SAT) are delaying the passage of trucks by between three and ten days."

Added to this are technical and administrative deficiencies in the Directorate General of Customs at the Ministry of Finance of El Salvador for passage through Cuidad Pedro de Alvarado and San Cristobal.

"I pointed out to the Vice President (Roxana Baldetti) that collections has increased, but how does it profit a country if employers and trade lose out?" said the president of the Chamber of Commerce and Services, Guillermo Gonzalez.

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Entrepreneurs are warning that illegal payments are still being made for getting goods through because the intervention operation has not worked.

The business community believes that the operation for intervention in customs offices has not worked properly and users have to make illicit payments in order to get their goods through.

Guatemalan Customs Announces Purchase of Scanners

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Authorities plan to purchase these devices for both sea and land ports, and to charge a flat rate per container.

This was announced by the chief of Interior, Mauricio Lopez. He added that the goal is for every container passing through these customs offices to pay between $15 and $20.

Guatemala: Plans to Streamline Customs Offices

July 2013

The Tax Authority has approved the implementation of a pilot program in customs offices which will reduce the time it takes to inspect containers.

According to the Indendent of Customs, Filadelfo Reyes, the plan will come into effect on August 2. "We want to facilitate foreign trade operations in customs with this new methodology," the official said.

Guatemala: Call for Suspension of Customs Law

March 2012

The American Guatemalan Chamber of Commerce noted that the implementation of the Act without the respective regulations is confusing, taking away transparency in the system and increasing costs.

The Guatemalan Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) has requested that the Government suspend the Customs Act, which was included in the recently approved tax reform.

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