Northern Triangle: Progress in Customs Union

On November 12th, the VII Round of Negotiations for the inclusion of El Salvador in the integration process towards the free transit of individuals and goods between Guatemala and Honduras began in San Salvador.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The negotiations between the three countries will last the entire week and it is expected that this round of dialogues will address issues related to the customs, migration, sanitary and phytosanitary challenges facing El Salvador.

Regarding the actions implemented by El Salvador to join the Customs Union, Armando Flores, director of Customs in that country, explained to Dca.gob.gt that "... Important investments are being made to modernize customs, at the end of November there will be an integrated border post in El Poy."

Werner Ovalle, customs intendant of the Superintendence of Tax Administration (SAT) of Guatemala, explained that "... The staff of this agency will participate in the negotiation round, since the objective is to accelerate this process. From the SAT's area of competence, and given the trend reflected so far in the Customs Union (UA) between Guatemala and Honduras, there is a rise in the collection of internal taxes and a drop in foreign trade taxes."

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