Operadora Portuaria Centroamericana (OPC) announced that during the months of March and April this condoned customers of the port terminal service charges storages containerized goods they must be inspected by the customs authorities. Such cancellation understood the time required from the date of the inspection to the date on which the cargo was inspected requested.
The initiative came from the OPC commitment that the company has with users container terminal in response to the request that the Honduran government made all sectors to support the state in its struggle to regulate customs activities and thus attack the tax evasion. The move helped to lower the additional costs that the intervention of the Executive Directorate of Revenue (DEI) generated transit cargo facilities within the container terminal and general cargo.
Importantly, now, although still intervened customs, inspections have already returned to normal so the measure has been suspended.
John Corum, Director General of OPC, said that although this decision OPC sacrificed part of their income, wants to demonstrate its commitment to port operations reach their maximum potential in the shortest possible time.
This measure has brought great benefits to end users who have used the storage facilities for import operations and so may have a better adaptation to the new processes established by OPC in improving their services.
The executive also said that the transition process, together with the Customs intervention by the Executive Directorate of Revenue (DEI), generated some arrears of terminal operations, which have already been solved by joint efforts between government and OPC.
“After a transition process of terminal operations, which by its nature represents some normal adjustments to a process of this type, it has been able to significantly reduce the time for unloading and delivery of containers and processes for exports of goods and products through our facilities. “
Corum said that after the transition, the actions of equipment and reorganization, “the company will meet the expected results in terms of operational efficiency of the terminal.”
Finally, the manager said today OPC are in a period of successful consolidation of its operations and has made progress overcoming major obstacles, improving service times substantively through the integration of new equipment, technology, systems computing, trained personnel and modern methods of port operations, but also through the efforts of all sectors within the port community in the country.
Operadora Portuaria Centroamericana (OPC), a subsidiary of ICTSI to Honduras, is the company that won the contract for the design, financing, construction, operation and modernization of the container terminal and general cargo from Puerto Cortes, offering their expertise, best practices , technology, modern infrastructure and leadership, creating opportunities and tangible benefits for development.