Puerto Quetzal Checks Containers with X-Ray

As of December 15, the X-ray module began operating in the Guatemalan maritime terminal, which will serve to inspect, in a non-intrusive manner, the contents of the containers that are used to import and export goods.

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

The regulations that will apply for these non-intrusive verifications were published in the Diario de Centro America. The implementation of this system is an indispensable requirement for the certification of ports by the Coast Guard in national security issues and by the tax collector.

According to information provided by the Port Company Quetzal (EPQ), the X-ray module is located in the dock area and the cost of the inspection will be $21, according to the tariff.

Elieser Castellanos D'Bourg, EPQ's advisor, told Prensalibre.com that "... during four weeks the tests for the frowning of the X-rays were carried out and that these were in tune with the maneuvers, together with other authorities involved."

Marco Livio Diaz Reyes, head of the Superintendence of Tax Administration (SAT), explained that "... with this system, customs fraud will be combated in Empornac, Combex-IM -air terminal- and now EPQ. All goods that go through X-rays will minimize the review or improve the risk selective, because if there is a bad declaration of the manifest, there is observed very quickly."

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