Private Sector Requests Elimination of Customs Offices

"We cannot continue to be a region where trade is moving at 15 kph when developed countries have cargo moving at 60 kph."

Friday, December 13, 2013

Employers believe that border points and customs offices in Central America are limiting their work and reducing their competitiviness despite the fact that they have been selling products to each other for over a decade.

"We cannot continue to be a region where trade is moving at 15 kph when developed countries have cargo moving at 60 kph," said Jorge Daboub, president of the Federation of Private Entities of Central America, Panama and the Dominican Republic (FEDEPRICAP).

According to the president of the Council of Private Enterprise of Honduras, Aline Flores, ideally there should not be any borders in the region. Although many of them are being modernized, they are still causing delays in the business processes.



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