Chilean government to announce Customs modernization

The Chilean Minister of Economy, Paul Longueira, has announced the “Modernization of the Customs Institution.”

This came after a total of 16 meetings which took place between October 5 and November 4, 2011 and in which documents and proposals were received concerning the six measures of Foreign Trade.

According to the Final Report of the working group with the unions, four meetings were held by the “24 +27 Desk on Customs issues.”

The conclusion reached after hearing all the actors on Customs was that “Chile definitely needs a change aimed at modernization and progress in the area of Customs operation. We are confident that effective change and openness to the Freight Forwarders and Logistics Operators to participate in the Customs process and contribute their knowledge and best practices will lead Chile to success in international trade, a step foeward in this matter,” said Longueira.

Industry players were surprised by the announcement on Customs, one of the six measures that remain “frozen” since, according to the commitments made they are not going to divulge anything while not resuming the dialogue.

Jose Egido, president of the Port Cities Coordinator, said that in the first half of January “the minutes of these meetings (on Customs) were ratified and were shipped to Santiago. From there I lost track.”

Egido said “I do not know the content of any measures the government intends to implement.”

For his part, the director of the Customs Chamber, Kenneth Werner, claimed to have no knowledge about this new measure that the Ministry of Economy seeks to implement.

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