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Bolivia improves work at Andean Community cross-border check point

By Orpan - 25/02/2019
Bolivia improves work at Andean Community cross-border check point

Customs authorities of Bolivia and Peru highlighted the joint work to facilitate customs procedures through the implementation of a Binational Border Service Center (CEBAF, for its Spanish Acronym), a cross-border check point used between Andean Community countries to integrate customs controls through general guidelines.

Bolivia’s-Peru’s CEBAF, located in Peruvian territory, its operational since April 2018, contributing in migration and agricultural health procedures with the aim of facilitating trade. Works to keep potentially harmful pests and diseases that can hitchhike on food and other agricultural products out of both countries have been heavily favored by the check point, concluded customs authorities from Bolivia and Peru after a bilateral meeting in the city of Santa Cruz.

Marlene Ardaya, president of the Bolivian Customs (ANB), specially advertised the faster customs clearance for truck and bus traffic, which since April 2018 has been reduced from one day to three ours (trucks) and from five hours to 20 minutes (buses).
 

By Orpan - 25/02/2019
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ORPAN was established in 1955 by brothers Joaquin Soruco (1908 – 1984) and Gonzalo Soruco (1910 – 1994). It was one of the first specialized law firms in patent and trademark matters in Bolivia.

The daughter of co-founder Joaquín Soruco, Mrs. Pilar Soruco, took over the direction of ORPAN in 1986.

At present, Mrs. Soruco is the main partner of ORPAN, working with a specialized team of more than 20 attorneys, assistants and paralegals. Among them is Mr. Wolfgang Ohnes, who previously was National Director of the Bolivian Patent and Trademarks Office and practitioner in the private sector since year 2000 in local and regional IP law firms.