As further update from our previous notification sent on March 14, 2016, we have been informed of additional procedures from the Honduras Customs Authorities. As previously noted, all carriers, importers and exporters must comply with the following changes regarding the arrival and documentation of cargo entering Honduras:
Manifests must be submitted no later than 24 hours prior to the vessel’s arrival in Honduras. The new policies state that any corrections to the manifest or bill of lading after manifest filing will now be subject to fines of $350 or more per violation, as determined by Customs in Honduras.
New vessel discharge procedures, as dictated by Honduras Customs, now prohibit any release of cargo prior to complete vessel discharge.
Customers must submit both invoices and declaration forms with descriptions in kilograms and pounds. Customers must coordinate with their shippers to ensure documents have both of these measurements and match the bill of lading.
Customers will be responsible for fines when manifest changes resulting from a customer’s documentation errors, including discrepancies with seals, are made after the filing deadline.