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Innovative customs office opens in Bolivia

By Orpan - 13/03/2018
Innovative customs office opens in Bolivia

The National Customs of Bolivia inaugurated its first Specialized Customs Office, located in Pasto Grande, 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) from the Western city of Oruro. The new office has the goal of expediting merchandise import shipments with an innovative 24/7 service.

"This specialized customs administration is a regional reference as there is no precedent of such an office in all South America, working 24 hours the 7 days of the week”, said Marlene Ardaya, president of the National Customs, to the Bolivian Information Agency.

Pasto Grande was chosen as Oruro is a compulsory step for all goods coming from Iquique, Chile: Oruro's economy has grew through trade and economic connections with Iquique, especially for exporting and importing products by road.

"This customs office is a public answer to the complaints we have received from users”, stated Ardaya, who announced that in the next months the 24/7 service will be replicated in other Bolivian border crossings. 

By Orpan - 13/03/2018
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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.