Truckers Complain About Customs Offices in the Region

Regional freight transportation businessmen in Guatemala will meet to discuss abuses in fees and other procedures at several customs offices on the isthmus.

Monday, July 22, 2013

As reported by Benjamin Castro, president of the Chamber of Honduran Cargo Transporters, carriers also hope to meet with the Tax Authority (SAT), to discuss other problems they are experiencing in the country. "They are issuing arrest warrants for us for overdue processes or because of errors that may have been made by the agency," he said.

"In the case of El Salvador, for having an overdue document, authorities are charging carriers $1340, while in Honduras the equivalent fine is $327," he added. Furthermore, in Costa Rica they have increased the value of insurance.

Castro said that another problem relates to the payment of fees to shipping agencies.

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