Plans to Renovate Customs in Guatemala

In response to demands from the business sector, authorities are considering taking action by equipping customs offices with merchandise scanning technology and off-site controls.

Friday, October 11, 2013 reports that "Because of the corruption networks operating in customs offices and affecting the low amounts of tax collection, the executive is considering intervening in these checkpoints. The measure also includes plans to implement electronic instruments to monitor cargo from its point of departure to its final destination, according to the Finance Minister Pavel Centeno. "

Business groups have consistently emphasized the serious problem of corruption in customs offices and the increase in smuggling which not only affects government revenues but creates unfair business competition.

Finance Minister Pavel Centeno, said: "The costs of the intervention will be low, in these economic times it is more economical to implement control systems. Among the aims of the project is to set up a checkpoint and control from the capital, and from there monitor goods according to the cargo manifest. "

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