North Triangle: Customs Agreements

Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador agreed on a plan that seeks to guarantee order and security at the Integrated Border Posts, and also approved the technical documents for the operation of Radio Frequency devices at the borders.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

The Guatemalan Ministry of Economy (Mineco) reported that the countries in the Northern Triangle approved on May 28 a security plan for the Integrated Border Posts (IFP) of the Customs Union (AU), which was signed by the ministers responsible for security in these countries.

Mineco stated that "... The objective of this plan is to ensure order and security in the PFI for the normal development of customs operations, migration, health, among other processes of customs integration.

Regarding other agreements, the communiqué explains that "... the following Administrative Acts were signed:

Agreement No. 01-2019 Approval of the Regional Strategy for Integral Customs Risk Management -Ergira-.  The purpose of this strategy is to have a regional customs risk management strategy, which is expected to serve as a reference tool for regional coordination.

Agreement No. 02-2019 Approval of technical documents for the operation of Radio Frequency (Rfid) devices at borders. The installation of this type of device at borders in the region represents the fourth short-term measure of the Central American Trade Facilitation Strategy. In order to implement it, it is necessary to have the necessary technical documents that establish the procedures for installing labels. These documents have already been agreed by the trade facilitation technical group.


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