New Customs between Honduras and El Salvador

The Mocalempa customs and immigration control post in the Honduran province of Lempira began operating.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

In order to make it easier for customs users to pay taxes and combat smuggling, the Government of the Republic, through the Presidential Commission for Comprehensive Reform of the Customs System and Trade Operators (Coprisao), today opened Customs Mocalempa, in the Mancomunidad Mapulaca, south of the department of Lempira, border between El Salvador and Honduras, informed the Presidency of Honduras.

The official statement said that "... Mocalempa Customs will have the basic conditions and will integrate customs and immigration control in its facilities.

The following services will be offered at the new customs office:

- Trade, through the payment of taxes for imports and exports.
- Migratory Control for the entry and exit of the country
- Quarantine Control.
- Presence of the Lenca-Sumpul Joint Task Force.

Subsequently, the institutions that must remain in a customs area will be added, among them the Sanitary Regularization Agency (Arsa), the National Service of Sanitation and Food Safety (Senasa) and the Border Police.

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