Tariff Benefits with Europe at Risk

If the Salvadoran Constitution is not amended so that it is in accord with ILO requirements, the country would lose GSP benefits.

Friday, May 22, 2009

In order for El Salvador to continue enjoying the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) tariff benefits, Articles 47 and 48 of the Salvadoran constitution must be amended so that they will be in agreement with International Labor Organization (ILO) pacts regarding unionization and collective bargaining in the state sector.

Laprensagrafica.com website published: "If El Salvador loses the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) tariff benefits, it would affect 137 companies that export to Europe under this benefit, according to data from the Central Reserve Bank (BCR). Of this total, 40 are industrial companies, according to the Salvadoran Association of Industrialists (ASI)."



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