Honduras and El Salvador Agree to Unite Customs

The presidents of both countries agreed that when Sovereignty Bridge (on the El Amatillo border) is opened, they will sign the Central American Customs Union.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009


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Sovereignty Bridge is being built 150 kilometers southeast of Tegucigalpa with funding from the Japanese government. It is expected that work will be completed in the short term.

La Prensa Gráfica published on its website: "The Central American Customs Union is a project that was suggested more than 40 years ago, but it was not until 2007 that a document of agreement to get things moving was signed. The countries with the greatest advances are Guatemala and El Salvador."

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Guatemala and El Salvador call for customs union

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At the same time that they are making the final step in the elimination of the border for the passage of goods, both countries are calling on the rest of Central America to do the same.

The article in Mipunto.com says that "In Central America, El Salvador and Guatemala have led the customs unification process, which has been contemplated and pushed for since 2003 in the region." ...

Free movement of goods between El Salvador and Guatemala

January 2009

Starting next week both countries will eliminate their borders to allow for the movement of merchandise and people, as a part of the integration process.

Elnuevodiario.com.ni reports: "Both countries "will declare the territories free for the movement of people and merchandise" in order to create a joint customs, said Antonio Saca, in the presence of his counterparts from Central America.

Agreement on Customs Regulations

December 2011

Central American representatives have approved various technical regulations for the regional customs union.

Among the regulations adopted are those relating to labeling and product registration.

Also under discussion in the meeting, was the process of Panama’s incorporation into the Central American Economic Integration Secretariat (SIEC), a requirement that Panama needs to meet in order to take part of the Association Agreement with the European Union.

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