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Cotecna signs scanners contract in El-Salvador

Press release
Geneva, 28 December, 2012

Cotecna, a recognized world leader in testing, inspection and certification, has signed a contract with the government of El Salvador for the installation and operation of non-intrusive inspection services.  Following an international tender launched in 2011, the contract was signed on December 21, 2012 between Senor H.E. Carlos Caceres, Minister of Finance of the government of El Salvador and Cotecna.  The project was duly ratified by the National Assembly of El Salvador as part of the Law on Customs Modernization.

The contract includes the purchase, installation and operation of 15 scanners and other inspection equipment as well as civil engineering works at the scanner sites. This public-private partnership comprises a 10-year concessionary during which time Cotecna will invest, hire the necessary staff and maintain the inspection equipment in eight different sites throughout El Salvador.  Sites include the land borders of Anguiatú, La Hachadura, El Amatillo and El Poy, the seaports of Acajutla and La Union International, the El Salvador airport and the principal Customs centre of San Bartolo.

Cotecna will employ and train about 150 local staff.

Robert Massey, Chief Executive Officer of Cotecna said, “Cotecna is proud to have been recognized as a world leader in cargo scanning services and to have been appointed to accompany the El Salvador government in their Customs modernization program”.



Cotecna Corporate Press
Alison Bourgeois      
Vice President Corporate Communications
Geneva, Switzerland
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About Cotecna

Founded in Switzerland in 1974, the Cotecna group offers a wide range of Testing, Inspection and Certification (TIC) services. Cotecna is a pioneer in areas such as risk management, destination inspection and scanner integration projects and also offers Customs modernization programmes, Customs valuation assistance, trade security solutions and commercial inspections. For a full description of our services, please visit The Cotecna Group has a combined workforce of about 4,000 employees and agents in close to 100 offices. 


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