Current problems of Commercial Logistics
The growth of the Bolivian economy during the last years was accompanied by an important positive variation in terms of the production of manufactured and agricultural goods for export.
The Bolivian commercial logistics infrastructure has been facing the challenge of accompanying the sustained increase in export cargo volumes. Currently considerable delays are observed in the coordination to carry out the verifications in plant, reaching an average of 6 days and observing maximums that reach 19 days, assuming a high load in the inspection processes and issuance of certificates for export.
What is a Simultaneous Inspection Center?
A Simultaneous Inspection Center (CIS) is a physical space where different entities responsible for the inspection of export goods are concentrated, where services of certification, inspection, verification and sealing of export products are provided, for a single time and in one place, in conditions of quality and with standards that guarantee the recognition of these documents and physical means by the authorities of third countries in the transit of Bolivian goods.
Why are the Simultaneous Inspection Centers necessary?
Through the construction and commissioning of the Simultaneous Inspection Centers, the objective is to establish a unique and integrated platform for fast, efficient and reliable management of physical inspections for export cargo, verifications, certifications, and analyzes of all types , increasing the reliability of the offer and facilitating the export procedures, in time to provide related services and other instruments and logistics that allow an efficient exit of the products towards the destination markets.
The Simultaneous Inspection Centers will have a positive effect in terms of reducing the number of days to carry out an export operation as well as reducing the incumbent costs.
Simultaneous inspection centers will be located in the La Paz (Viacha), Santa-Cruz (Warnes) and Cochabamba (Sipe Sipe). The location for the implementation of the Centers is associated to the observed commercial trade flows, and the proximity to the Central Corridor of Bolivia that concentrates the flow of 88% of exports, in addition to 84% of imports.
The Simultaneous Inspection Centers will have the active participation of the entities responsible for the physical inspection and certification of the export merchandise of the different verification institutions of the country and will offer these services, among others :
- Adequate spaces for administrative areas, sample warehouses, laboratories and facilities for the work of the different institutions involved in the inspection of goods such as platforms and walkways
- Wide areas of parking and conditions for the reception and waiting of high tonnage vehicles for the inspection process.
- Verified waiting lines of that allow the verification and inspection of cargo, sequentially by the different entities responsible for cargo inspection, including the National Customs of Bolivia and Narcotics.
The total investment for the implementation of the Network of Simultaneous Inspection Centers reaches Bs . 239 million (Two Hundred Thirty Nine Million Bolivianos), equivalent to approximately34.8 million US dollars.
The integrated operation of the Simultaneous Inspection Center within the framework of the Foreign Trade Single Window System, VUCE-Bolivia, will represent a new milestone in the coordination of export logistics.