Rains Impact Trade and Tourism in Guatemala
Heavy rains have led to deteriorations in road infrastructure, the closure of customs offices and a reduction in tourism.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
The closure of the Entre Ríos customs at the border with Honduras due to the collapse of the bridge over the Motagua river meant that Izabel in Guatemala was cut off from the Honduran industrial capital, San Pedro Sula. This in turn made it impossible for land freight to reach Guatemala from Honduras' Caribbean ports.
Grupo Cropa Panalpina inaugurated a 20.000 square meter distribution center for Central America.
Mexico and Guatemala have agreed a policy whereby trucks entering the Guatemalan border zone pay $970, a charge that the union considers "harmful" and that is not reciprocal.
In the customs offices of Tecun Uman working hours have been extended both on the Guatemalan and Mexican side in order to allow passage of trucks which until now had been left stranded.
The collapse of a bridge has led to the closure of the customs office at Entre Ríos between Izabel in Guatemala and Honduras.
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