The anticipation of the zone’s reopening was high, but after having to wait for hours in line it did put a damper on the excitement. In speaking with CEO Neri Ramirez, Love News learnt that the long wait may have been attributed to a shortage on human resources.
Neri Ramirez, Chief Executive Officer, Corozal Free Zone: “I was part of the situation this morning when I came to the Free Zone. I already dialogued with the Director of Immigration Ms.Estrada this morning over the phone and we went through what was transpiring. She said that what happened is that the businesses were advised to send a list of employees to the Immigration from two weeks ago prior to the opening of the Free Zone. Ms.Baptist has already approved almost all or most of them. The problem that happened this morning is that there’s a lot of investors who had not done that particular requirement before so right now what Ms.Baptist is going to recommend is that we’re going to ask them to disregard the list that was there because that list actually is a list of active employees meaning you’re already in the zone, you already came to renew your ID so that’s how I generated that list but if you were not here prior to that, you are the first day coming to work then your name is not going to appear on that list. So she’s going to disregard that list and you must have the letter approved by her and either a passport or a border permit for you to cross. You don’t have to be on that list. Now when it comes to the Corozal Free Zone on it’s own we’re going to ask for your ID if you don’t have it then we’re going to allow you to come to the office to renovate your ID that’s the part of that problem this morning. So what they will do not to avoid the long lines again they’re going to put more personnel and if you don’t have the correct requirements, the border pass and the letter, they’re going to ask you to step aside and allow the ones that already have it not to keep back the line for so long.”