Honduras's institutional crisis complicates Nicaraguan access to Honduran Port Cortés, where most products are shipped and exported.
Nicaraguan port "El Rama", is presented as an exit option for exports to Miami, but not to Europe or any other trade destination, as it lacks sufficient capacity.
"The problem with 'El Rama' port is its very little shipping capacity, which only suites Miami-Managua traffic, where it is cheaper and faster, although it is necessary to improve the conditions of the ships", said Ernesto Porta, President of the Nicaraguan Chamber of Commerce. "We are redirecting commercial flow to Port Limón in Costa Rica".
Alternate paths were authorized for Nicaraguan cargo stuck at the border, in order to reach Port Cortés in Honduras.
Due to the Honduran conflict, some 250 Nicaraguan cargo containers are blocked from entering Honduras at the border post of Las Manos.
Nicaragua's customs authority, known as DGA, authorized trucks "to be routed to El Espino and El Guasaule, where they can enter Honduras and continue towards Port Cortés, in the Caribbean coast of the country", according to newspaper Elnuevodiario.com.ni.
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