The Bali Agreement and Central American Customs Offices

Central American countries need to implement a series of improvements in customs procedures in order to meet the requirements of the agreement for the facilitation of international trade.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Within two years, as part of the commitments made in the 2001 Doha Round of the Bali Agreement, signed in 2013 by 160 nations belonging to the World Trade Organization (WTO), including Central America, governments will have to harmonize their customs systems ensuring trade facilitation. However, to date institutional progress on issues established by the Agreement such as simplification, harmonization and automation of procedures for international trade have not happened, particularly in relation to the requirements and formalities for import, export and transit of border freight.

"The document also states the obligation of the signatory countries to implement a single window for facilitating the formalities relating to the movement of goods, strengthening the freedom of movement of goods, the temporary admission of goods and the handling of rejected goods, among other things. It also includes a section that regulates legitimizing multilateral cooperation and promoting bilateral customs understandings. "

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