Peru, Chile sign border agreement

By Dialogo
August 17, 2010

In order to halt incoming illegal merchandise into Peru, the Andean country signed an agreement with its Chilean neighbor on August 12 designed to strengthen border customs controls.

Official figures show goods worth an estimated $900 million are smuggled into Peru each year from Brazil and Argentina through its borders with Bolivia, Ecuador and Chile, reported Xinhua news agency.

The Complimentary Protocol to the Customs Cooperation and Mutual Assistance Bilateral Agreement was signed by assistant supervisor Gloria Luque from Peru’s National Superintendency of Tax Administration (SUNAT) and her Chilean counterpart Gonzalo Sepulveda in the border city of Tacna, in southern Peru.

According to Nahil L. Hirsh Carrillo, SUNAT’s National Superintendent for Taxes and Customs Administration, the agreement will allow for the exchange of electronic information on the international transit of vehicles authorized for passengers and cargo transportation.

The agreement will also allow border customs offices to better coordinate in the investigation and crackdown of customs infractions, reported Andina news agency.