At the beginning of this year, the importation and exportation of goods at the Belize/Mexico Border was hindered when the license for the Agencia Aduanal “Servicios Aduaneros Integrados”, which was the only broker agency for the importation and exportation of goods on the Mexican Side of the Border was suspended.
The issue caused a huge negative impact here in the north especially in the construction area since steel and cement became scarce.
To solve the problem a new agency opened at the border but the processing of cargo trucks and goods has been rather slow. Today in an interview with Love F.M, Mexican Ambassador Mario Velazquez gave reason as to why there is only one Agencia Aduanal at the border. He indicated that because the trade is minimal, the Association of Custom Brokers believes that there might not be enough business for more than one agency.
He also stated that the license of the previous agency was suspended since a number of regulations were not adhered to.
According to Velazquez the Mexican government is in contact with the Association of Custom Brokers and has encouraged them to open more offices at the border to expedite the process of importation and exporting.
According to Velazquez, the commerce between Belize and Mexico has grown 9% annually in recent years. With these stats on hand, the Mexican Government plans to approach the Association of Custom Brokers and prove that there is enough business at the Belize/Mexico border to open more agencies.
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