Belize’s Western Border to Open on Saturdays for Cargo Clearance to Boost Trade Facilitation
Commencing this weekend, Belize’s western border will be opened on Saturdays for cargo clearance. The government says the decision stems from discussions with Belize’s National Trade Facilitation Committee (NTFC) and is aimed at implementing the 2014 agreement between Belize and Guatemala to extend operating hours at the border. The NTFC, inclusive of members such as the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry, says it welcomes the government’s support for this initiative designed to enhance trade facilitation between the two countries. GOB adds that a key aspect of this development is the commitment from border agencies to not impose additional fees for clearing goods during the new time slot and reminds the private sector that to avoid delays, all exemption letters and licenses must be obtained before the arrival of goods at the border. In ending the government says that the commitment reflects dedication to supporting and facilitating trade for the private sector, ensuring a seamless and cost-effective process for businesses engaged in cross-border commerce and effectively reducing trade barriers.