Regional Charge for Inspections with Scanners at Customs Offices

The Tax Authority of Guatemala has denied the existence of a consensus among Central American countries to implement a unified charge.

Monday, March 3, 2014

The Superintendency of Tax Administration (SAT) of Guatemala denied that there is a consensus among countries to implement a one-time charge for reviewing scanned merchandise flowing through the region, as announced by the Directorate General of Customs of El Salvador.

The Customs Administration of the SAT said: "In the stage we are at in the regular meetings we have not agreed anything with any country in the region."

"... There are only internal plans to implement more and better technologies. This entity has plans to acquire an X ray system.

"... Inspections using this technology would be appropriate only if they reduce barriers to intraregional trade. Making those charges will hit competitiveness hard, something which in itself is already fragile," said Fanny D. Estrada, director of the Guatemalan Exporters Association.

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Uniformity of Charges at Central American Borders

February 2014

El Salvador is proposing implementing a single charge for non intrusive inspection of goods at borders with Guatemala and Honduras.

The Directorate General of Customs (DGA) announced that Central American countries could implement a single charge for intrusive inspection of goods. Guatemala and Honduras have shown interest in this system proposed by El Salvador.

El Salvador: Congress Reaffirms NO to Scanning Fee

February 2014

Congress has confirmed the exemption from payment of $18 for non intrusive inspections of all goods, including exports and imports.

The suspension of the payment of $18 for the X-ray inspection of the goods will be for six months from its publication in the Official newspaper, providing President Funes endorses it.

Guatemala and Honduras: Customs Offices Which Avoid El Salvador

January 2014

The authorities at customs offices in Guatemala and Honduras have opened new routes for regional transit of goods between the two countries.

The aim of the opening of new routes at the borders between the two countries, in El Florido and Agua Caliente, is to streamline regional trade which has been blocked because of the protests over the application of a fee of $18 in Salvadoran customs offices for X-ray inspection of trucks.

Carriers Oppose Charge for Scanners in El Salvador

December 2013

Regional unions are threatening a general strike in the Salvadoran border to protest at the rate of $18 per inspection at customs offices in that country. reports: "The new provision of the General Customs of El Salvador will take effect on 6 January, in light of this, carriers of the remaining five countries in the region have announced a general strike on the Salvadoran border if this legislation goes ahead. "

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