Around 90 customs agencies, 20 warehouses and 40 international cargo transportation companies are ready on both sides of the border for the start of their binational commercial operations, once the reopening of relations with Colombia is made official, a reactivation that , in turn, will represent the generation of between 1,500 and 1,800 jobs, to the extent that the growth of trade between the two countries advances.
Such a dimension of the movement that signifies the awakening of border economic activity, in the Táchira-Norte de Santander area, was issued by Wladimir Tovar, knowledgeable about the extensive customs movement and the international cargo transport sector, when asked about the immediate expectations for the border opening.
Tovar pointed out in principle, as the manager of one of the customs companies that operate there, that the Customs and Logistics Operators sector of both Táchira and Norte de Santander are ready to serve Colombian-Venezuelan importers and exporters who will start the development of its international trade business operations along this border of Norte Santander and Táchira.
— In the case of the Tachira customs sector, he said, the services of customs auxiliaries are available to take action. The 90 customs agencies and 20 storage companies are prepared to provide the service that corresponds to them, according to the established international Customs guidelines, once the passage is opened.
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Added Tovar, in his capacity as director of Foreign Trade and Border of the Táchira Social Chamber of Freight Transport, Casotranscat, that some 40 international freight transport companies are ready and waiting for the start of operations.
The general reactivation of these two sectors of the economy, he said, will represent the generation of employment of 1,500 to 1,800 occupations, which will occur as the development and growth of trade between the two countries progress progressively.
At the level of international cargo transport, he explained, there is already a fleet of units authorized as international cargo transport, in its variety between trucks, trucks and cargo towing equipment.
There are no less than 300 units which are operational, authorized by the competent bodies, and with the willingness to increase this fleet of units if we have the support of the Ministry of Transport through the INTT to give special treatment to companies and freight carriers that require permits to operate internationally.
In this sense, he indicated, the Venezuelan cargo transport has negotiated in the last 18 months before the INTT a preferential or special measure to support the sector in terms of the obligation to pay the fees for authorization, renewal or incorporation, applicable to the companies and cargo units.
Exoneration was requested, he adds, and a payment plan was also requested, and recently, last August, during the visit made by the Minister of Transport, the cargo transport sector submitted an approach to the minister.
The approach, Tovar specified, is in favor of granting an exemption for 6 months from the beginning of the reactivation of international trade through this border, that is, from September 26, which will allow increasing the number of companies and units at the service of the commercial exchange of goods.
It is expected that in recent and forthcoming meetings by the National Government and the Ministry of Transportation, a resolution will be issued on the special treatment for international cargo transportation in Tachira.