Department of the Environment’s Online Licensing System Print E-mail
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Thursday, 30 October 2014 00:00

In order to facilitate a quick and easy application process of obtaining licenses to import used batteries and tires and to export scrap metal, the Department of the Environment has obtained the assistance of the Central Information Technology Office (CITO) of the Government of Belize to develop an Online Permits Application and Licenses (OPAL) System. OPAL is a web-based application for the purpose of issuing permits on behalf of the Department of the Environment (DOE). The DOE is authorized under the Laws of Belize to issue permits/licenses for the import or export of scrap metal, used tires, lead-acid batteries, ozone depleting substances/halogenated gases, refrigeration/air conditioning equipment and petroleum products. The OPAL system should be used by all persons or companies applying for a permit/license to import/export of any one of these items/commodities. This new system will be used in line with the Customs Department’s online system, ASYCUDA WORLD, which is already being used by custom brokers and other clients. The DOE is committed to assist the Customs Department in administrating ASYCUDA WORLD to ensure the proper vetting of imported and exported items/commodities. The product or electronic license from OPAL will feed into ASYCUDA WORLD to improve on the current importation and exportation process of the above-mentioned items/commodities.
This new online licensing system will eliminate the need to physically visit our office to apply for a license, as well as reducing the usage of paper since applicants will be issued with an electronic license. Moreover, there will be the convenience of applying for a license “on-the-go” using a mobile device with Internet connection since it is a web-based service. This system demonstrates the DOE’s commitment to ensuring reliable and efficient service in assuring the sustainable management of our natural resources.

Both the OPAL system and the ASYCUDA WORLD are currently being implemented by the DOE.

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For further information, please contact the Chief Environmental Officer, Department of the Environment, Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries & Sustainable Development, Market Square, Belmopan at Tel: 822-2548/ 2819, Fax: 822-2860 or Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit our Website: