Uniformity of Charges at Central American Borders

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

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

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.

"Both nations are analysing the possibility of installing scanners at borders where El Salvador and has already put them in place in order to avoid double payment on the part of the carriers," said the head of the DGA, Deisy Reynosa.

"... it has been suggested that we do not contemplate it (the payment) at points that we share," said Reynosa, adding that one of the objectives "is to avoid double inspection and consequent delays in shipping products."

"... the idea is to implement this action on a regional scale and that the payment for inspection is performed only once in the country of origin, once all countries have such a system."

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Regional Charge for Inspections with Scanners at Customs Offices

March 2014

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

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.

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.

Exemption from $18 Customs Fee applies to all Transport

January 2014

The suspension of payment for customs inspections in El Salvador applies to goods in international transit and those with a local destination.

From a press release issued by the Legislative Assembly of El Salvador:

The Legislature has approved an authentic interpretation of Decree 604, approved on January 16, which contains exceptional and transitional provisions applied to the "Customs Simplification Act" to suspended for a period of 180 days, the fee for the provision of non-intrusive inspections, whose office of departure and destination are within or outside the borders of El Salvador.

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.

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