The Customs General Direction (DGA) was created through Decree 43, on May 7, 1936, which was published on the Official Gazette No. 104, Volume 120 of the same month and year. The DGA is a specialized office of the Treasury Department, created to guarantee the compliance of the rules and regulations that govern the international transit of goods. The head of said department is the Customs Director General.
The Functional Organic Regulation established the structure of the Customs General Direction, through Executive Decree 44, dated on May 18, 1994 and published on the Official Gazette No. 108, Volume 323, of June 10 of the same year. Said Regulation was amended through Executive Decree 114, dated on October 12, 1998.
On December 14, 2005, the Legislative Decree 903 passed the Organic Law of the Customs General Direction which granted said Direction more powers to facilitate the trade and to create the Anti-Smuggling Unit to coordinate all the activities to fight against smuggling.
Our economic activity is divided into two stages. The first stage went from the 1950’s to the 1980’s, when the Customs was the biggest source of income on the State.
The second stage started on 1990 with the modernization of the tax administration. Said modernization was a consequence of the economic globalization process