Guatemala and Mexico Expand Free Trade Zone

The countries are to authorize the entry of land freight vehicles and coaches, to up to 30km from the border.

Monday, August 16, 2010

In meetings held between Guatemalan and Mexican governments, representatives from companies in the travel and tourism sectors were also present. It is expected that the agreement will come into force with the next few days. reports information from the Mexican Economy Secretary saying that, "the free trade zones will be expanded, enabling companies to manage a single set of trade regulations and facilitating trade and investment in the seven participating countries (Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica y Mexico)".

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Uniformity of Charges at Central American Borders

February 2014

El Salvador is proposing implementing a single charge for non intrusive inspection of goods at borders with Guatemala and Honduras.

The Directorate General of Customs (DGA) announced that Central American countries could implement a single charge for intrusive inspection of goods. Guatemala and Honduras have shown interest in this system proposed by El Salvador.

Exemption from $18 Customs Fee applies to all Transport

January 2014

The suspension of payment for customs inspections in El Salvador applies to goods in international transit and those with a local destination.

From a press release issued by the Legislative Assembly of El Salvador:

The Legislature has approved an authentic interpretation of Decree 604, approved on January 16, which contains exceptional and transitional provisions applied to the "Customs Simplification Act" to suspended for a period of 180 days, the fee for the provision of non-intrusive inspections, whose office of departure and destination are within or outside the borders of El Salvador.

Carriers Oppose Charge for Scanners in El Salvador

December 2013

Regional unions are threatening a general strike in the Salvadoran border to protest at the rate of $18 per inspection at customs offices in that country. reports: "The new provision of the General Customs of El Salvador will take effect on 6 January, in light of this, carriers of the remaining five countries in the region have announced a general strike on the Salvadoran border if this legislation goes ahead. "

Restrictions lifted in Panama's Free Trade Zone

July 2008

A directive issued by the Management Committee of the Colón Free Trade Zone (ZLC) says that the charges for foreign transporters of merchandise will be subject to reciprocity.

The directive allows foreign transporters to carry merchandise within the zone provided that the transporter's country of origin doesn't impose restrictions on Panamanian carriers, said the assistant general manager of the Free Trade Zone, Juan Fidel Marcías.

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