Honduras – Guatemala Border Reopens
David Cristiani, Guatemalan vice-minister of economy, said that there are no plans to extend the border closing beyond the 48 hour term.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
The regional business sector, represented by the Federation of Private Business in Central America, the Dominican Republic, and Panama (FEDEPRICAP, acronym in Spanish), has appealed to the governments of Nicaragua, Guatemala, and El Salvador to lift the embargo, insisting that it violates the principles of free transport of goods as established in trade and integration agreements.
Central American industry is calling for strengthening of customs controls in the region, in order to contain the constant border crossings made with smuggled goods.
The Federation of Chambers and Industry Associations of Central America and the Dominican Republic are demanding that governments provide efficient management and eliminate obstacles to the movement of goods.
The FEDEPRICAP believes the new transport charges imposed by governments in the region will have a negative impact on competitiveness and development.
The escalation of the Honduran crisis because of Zelaya's return is causing severe losses, as borders are closed.
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