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SAT: The blockades cause losses of over Q18 million per day and affect foreign trade

SAT reported that as of this Friday, November 18, four customs have been blocked by carriers. Photo: The Hour / Social Networks

The Superintendent of Tax Administration (SAT) reported that as of this Friday, November 18, four customs duties have been blocked by carriers who reject the increase in fuel prices and the higher cost of the basic basket.

The losses caused by the blockade are estimated at Q18.3 million per day in taxes and according to SAT Customs Intendant, Werner Ovalle, they also affect foreign trade as they generate negative effects.

Sat: the blockades cause losses of over q18 million per day and affect foreign trade
Sat customs intendant, werner ovale. Photo: the time/file

The estimate offered by Ovale will be based on the daily foreign trade collection target.

This Friday, November 18, blockade has been done in various departments of the country for the fifth consecutive day.

They are led by the transport coordinator of San Marcos, Totonicapán and Quetzaltenango as well as the collective and heavy transport associations of Guatemala and began on Monday, November 14.

“It is a strong impact on foreign trade, but we are also concerned about all the external effects in the loss of goods that many exporters, importers have, breach of their contracts, that is why we have made the call so that they Open and remove barriers across borders”, Ovale explained.

The mayor noted that the blockades lead to a daily loss of Q18.3 million in taxes. There are currently four customs blocks and each has a daily generated damage:

– Pedro de Alvarado of Q6.7 million per day

– San Cristóbal Q2. 2 million daily

– Tecún Uman Q8.7 million daily

– El Carmen Q700 Thousand

Coordinate with importers and exporters

The official explained that these blockades are done in rejection of the high price of the fuel, which is foreign to SAT, due to which it has coordinated with importers and exporters as well as along the logistics chain, explaining to them some alternative procedures. Can be used.

They also informed that they are coordinating with the Customs Directors of other countries to expedite the free passage.

Impress Daily Collection

“We have a direct impact on the daily collection targets. We must add this to the losses that many of our importers and exporters are experiencing, given that we are in a season of high customs duty due to the Christmas holidays, which are approaching,” Owale pointed out.

influence at the bilateral level

In addition, he assured that the impact is bilateral, with neighboring countries that depend heavily on the country’s exports, “also, there are transits of many goods that come from Mexico that go to Costa Rica, Panama or Honduras. Because customs are blocked, they are not passing through,” he insisted.

negative impact

Ovale asked those who are analyzing these barriers and “think about all the negative effects we have in the country, many efforts have been made to attract investments, many efforts have been made to improve competitiveness and This creates several delays and effects actors who have nothing to do with it,” he said.

Staff will increase in these after unlocking

The mayor pointed out that after the blockade is released, customs personnel will be increased to expedite procedures.

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