Technical Advances in Customs Union

The first round of negotiations of the Second Semester of Customs Union ended last August 24 in Nicaragua having made significant progress.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

From Diario de Central America:

The technical negotiators have concluded revision of the Central American Technical Regulation (RTCA) for labeling of distilled spirits and registration requirements for microbial pesticides for agricultural use, which have been passed on for resolution by the Council of Ministers of Economic Integration (Comieco). Negotiations will continue for the rest of subgroups via videoconferences and the necessary consultations made with stakeholders in each case.

The Technical tariff Group agreed tariff opening sub paragraphs for lighting lamps and LED devices, which will benefit consumers with lower tariff costs on these products.

Among the results of the meeting of the Customs and the Customs Authority of Panama, progress was made in the work plan for the improvement of electronic transmissions of the Central American Uniform Customs Form (FAUCA) and an agreement reached to implement a Single Counter to simplify customs clearance processes, which is already being used in El Salvador and Costa Rica-countries that offered their support in order to for scheme to be rolled out regionally.

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