More Expeditious Customs Procedures Reported

Since the new computer system was implemented in El Salvador, it is estimated that waiting times for imported goods moving in the Port of Acajutla have been reduced by up to 60%.

Friday, January 18, 2019

The General Directorate of Customs (DGA) reported that since November 15 last year is in operation the computer system "Sidunea World", which aims to reduce the steps in the process of importing goods.

Regarding the reduction of waiting times, Armando Flores, director of the DGA, told Elmundo.sv that "... Only between January 1 and January 13 of this year, the times in the Port of Acajutla have been reduced to 63% compared to the same period in 2018."

The article reviews that "... For example, a cargo getting green selectivity in the customs random system - that is, its removal from the precinct is automatically approved - now takes 13 hours and 57 minutes on average to be released, from when the goods declaration is registered until customs orders its exit from the port. With the previous system, this process took one day, 13 hours and 59 minutes, so the reduction is 63%."

In a statement, the DGA explained that in the first two months of implementation of the project "Customs without Papers", 1079 import companies have interacted with the system and have collected $66.3 million.

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