Cuba has a Single Window for foreign trade, VUCE
Cuba already has an electronic tool that will enable both Cuban and foreign businessmen to take steps related to foreign trade through the website www.vucereglaciones.minrex.gob.cu, which will facilitate any process in the sector.
At a press conference held this Thursday, the Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment (MINCEX) of Cuba, Rodrigo Malmierca, offered a comprehensive explanation of the Window and the advantages it represents for the actors involved in that activity, since it allows consulting and managing via the web everything related to permits, registration, dispatch of goods, updating and license and certificate renewal.
In the case of Cuban companies, the VUCE will enable them to request, online with a single form, their authorization as an importer / exporter before the MINCEX and the General Customs of the Republic.
For their part, foreign customers and suppliers will be able to determine and manage through the web what are the necessary prior permits, depending on the product they intend to import or export.
Likewise, through the VUCE, all the Central State Administration organs, involved in the processes of foreign trade, may request the required permits through a single form.
In turn, carriers and freight forwarders will be able to fully manage the authorizations and payments related to the dispatch of their goods with all the entities involved.
At this time, the VUCE has begun its first start-up phase and, when the three planned stages are completed, foreign trade actors will have at their disposal the necessary tools for all the required procedures.
This Platform is the result of the work carried out to computerize the foreign trade processes that are carried out through a program sponsored by the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development (Unctad) with financing from the European Union.
Also present at the press conference were Consuelo Vidal, Resident Coordinator of the United Nations System in the Greater Antilles; Andrea Rossi, Deputy Head of the Delegation of the European Union in Cuba, as well as officials from Mincex, the Cuban Chamber of Commerce and the DESOFT Computer Applications Company.