The National Anti-Smuggling Plan will be financed with the resources collected by the rate that went into effect in November 2017. The National Customs Service of Ecuador (Senae) yesterday presented the National Plan to Fight Contraband and Customs Fraud , which has the support of 20 public institutions.
The presentation was made in the framework of the event called ‘United Kingdom: For work, production and trade’, in the park Zoila de Ugarte, Machala, province of El Oro. Among the authorities were ministers, local dignitaries and representatives of the agricultural sectors.
The Economy Minister, Carlos de la Torre, said that they add actions to fight the great evils that eat away at the economy. “Contraband is an unfair competition for those who produce and work the land.” Antonio Avilés, district director of Senae, mentioned to this newspaper that the resources for the implementation of the plan come from the collection for the customs control service fee (TSCA), in force since November of last year. It is expected that it will generate around $ 121 million annually.
The official explained that the funds will be allocated to different areas. For example, the improvement of technology in control systems to integrate the information of State institutions and the improvement of risk profiles.
It is expected to improve the security equipment in ports and airports. Another item will be invested in infrastructure at the borders. Customs control units will be built, at different points, where servers of the Customs, Police and Armed Forces will work.
The Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Rubén Flores, was also present at the event, who assured that the volume of products that cross the border illegally is evident, making the fight against smuggling a serious challenge for the Government. He asked the citizens to denounce acts of corruption regardless of their origin.
For his part, Mauro Andino, director of Senae, noted that between May and December the entry of $ 36 million of merchandise was avoided. Thanks to this, “more than 3,600 Ecuadorians were able to keep their jobs,” he said. In the event, new land titles were also given to farmers and loans from BanEcuador, part of the “Gran Minga Agropecuaria”. (I)