El Salvador along with Guatemala will implement on January 23 of this year, the Anticipated Declaration of Goods. This is the first system of Anticipated declaration that is implemented in Central America and it is expected that in the short term it will be integrated with the other countries of the Central American region.
The Advance Declaration of merchandise implies the electronic signature of the declaration, the payment of taxes electronically and the fulfillment of permits or authorizations prior to the arrival of mean of transport to the border point. In accordance with the provisions of the General Administrative Provision No. 007/2019 issued April 5, 2019 by the General Directorate of Customs, the Advance Declaration applies to all land border customs, but is not limited to the other customs that they can apply the same, by the officials and employees of the General Directorate of Customs, Auxiliary of the Customs Public Function and users of the Customs Service, for the release of goods; the aforementioned provision regulates the following exceptions: Declarations of merchandise of used vehicles, luggage of travelers, informal commerce, State operations and diplomatic missions and household goods.
The importance of this new system is that it will greatly reduce waiting times at the country's customs, since there will be no greater interaction with public service assistants thus avoiding discretion between users and customs personnel. Likewise, this tool will allow the reduction of logistics costs and the increase of the trade flow between both countries, consolidating the customs union process.