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Automatic container registration at Guatemala's border crossing to facilitate trade and reduce fraud, corruption, theft, and smuggling

To support trade facilitation, reduce smuggling, fight corruption and make border crossing quicker and more efficient, Lyngsoe Systems, in a project supported by USAID, has delivered Lyngsoe Gate Readers™ for border crossings in Guatemala, enabling the automatic registration of containers.

Border crossing container registrations are automatically sent to authorities, ensures correct customs handling on all goods, reduces theft, tampering, corruption, and smuggling


The Secretariat for Central American Economic Integration (SIECA) is the technical and administrative body of the Central American Economic Integration Process, with its own legal personality in accordance with international law. Having been granted full operational autonomy, it also serves as liaison to the other Economic Subsystem Secretariats while also coordinating with the Central American Integration System General Secretariat.


The United States Agency for International Aid (USAID) is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential. USAID, represented by a trusted partner, NATHAN Inc., expertly managed the implementation in the Northern Triangle.


High levels of smuggling and corruption

Crossings at the border of Pedro De Alvarado in Guatemala are notoriously slow. Due to high levels of smuggling and corruption, containers can sometimes wait days for the Superintendencia de Administración Tributaria (SAT—Guatemala Customs) to pass them through. This hampers trade. Ideally, the government and SIECA (La Secretaría de Integración Económica Centroamericana) would like more efficient and speedier border crossings to facilitate trade, but this is not possible without the high security needed to combat corruption, fraud, and smuggling.


RFID Gate Readers at the border

In a project financed by USAID, Lyngsoe Systems supplied the border crossing at Pedro De Alvarado with RFID Gate Readers. Used in conjunction with electronic container seals (eSeal), as well as Lyngsoe Vehicle Tags™ and Lyngsoe Badge Tags™, the RFID Gate Readers provide both SAT and SIECA with automatic registration of containers crossing the border. As the eSeal container seals are tamperproof, SAT and SIECA know exactly when a container was sealed, by whom, and whether it has been opened in transit. This means they have assurance that no items were placed in or removed from the container after sealing. This real-time monitoring of containers at border crossings is enabling the authorities to monitor border transit times and validate the wider use of eSeals.


Correct customs handling

  • Ensures correct customs handling on all goods
  • Reduction of theft and tampering
  • Reduction of transit times so facilitating trade
  • Obtain reliable management information
  • Platform for sharing data with other countries


Providing the authorities with valid registrations of transit time at borders

As part of Lyngsoe LIVE Logistics™ platform, the solution in Pedro De Alvarado supports the creation of a uniform platform to manage, process, and share data about containers and cross border transport between authorities in Central America to support long-term goals of improving border crossing, facilitating trade and stamping out corruption, fraud, and smuggling. The Gate Readers and eSeal system are providing the authorities with valid registrations of transit time at borders and enabling them to validate and test RFID eSeal, Vehicle Tags, and Badge Tags. In addition, the solution is fully integrated with the current Guatemala Customs and SIECA IT systems.

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