Juan Luis Ansoleaga, Sernapesca national director. (Photo: Sernapesca)
Fishery exports procedures activated
Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 03:20 (GMT + 9)
The National Fisheries Service (Sernapesca) introduced the project Comex-e – an Export Module, which is designed to facilitate the trade of fishery products abroad by reducing the time and costs of shipment procedures.
According to the National Director of Sernapesca, Juan Luis Ansoleaga, "this will help to reduce the generation and circulation of papers as well as strengthening the transparency and facilitating data entry."
This development will result "in a better availability of information for management and decision making within Sernapesca," the official added.
Once the module is activated, this platform will replace the Company Window that currently operates.
During the presentation, Ansoleaga explained that the module Comex-e will be an application that will "diminish procedures carried out in person, giving priority to the performance of online transactions."
This initiative is part of the 'Integrated Foreign Trade System (SICEX)', promoted by the Government through the Ministry of Finance.
This system aims to improve Chile's competitiveness in international markets, decreasing the time associated with export and import processes by 50 per cent, which currently take an average of 21 days.
SICEX is expected to integrate the 19 state agencies and services, which are now involved in the Chilean foreign trade.
Ansoleaga stated Sernapesca was chosen as one of the entities to launch this ambitious project due to the strategic importance of the fishing industry and its progress in management and simplification of procedures.
To activate the creation of Comex-e module, a working committee was set between the Ministry of Finance, the developing firm Everis and professional workers from Sernapesca.
Service personnel will be in charge of performing a review of all laws, decrees, resolutions and rules governing foreign trade in fishery products and to analyze the current situation of export flows and the documentation required in Chile and abroad.
It is expected the operations of the module will begin by May 2013. However, so far to date a prototype has been used for a trial run process.
By Analia Murias