Central American exporters are being recommended to keep using alternate routes during the union conflict which is causing ports to operate erratically.
From a statement issued by the Guatemalan Exporters Association (AGEXPOT):
The 29 main ports for goods moving from the West Coast of the United States, including Los Angeles and Long Beach, the main US ports, have been operating erratically since August 2014 due to a conflict which has been going on for months between the International Longshoremen and Warehouse Union from the West Coast (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA).
The Under Secretary of Commerce in the United States sees no need for renewal of preferential tariff arrangements, which up to now have favored Nicaragua's textile industry.
Statements by the senior official of the Obama administration fell like a bucket of cold water over textile entrepreneurs, who claim that without the renewal of TPL, production costs will increase by up to 40%.
The relaunching of the global trade agenda that the President of the United States is promoting in his second term, should be a warning for Central American countries, which despite reaching trade agreements with both the U.S. with the European Union, have sat on their laurels and have failed to complete the tasks needed to make the best use of these agreements, especially with regard to common customs and tariff policies.
Some of the main businesses from El Salvador will be advocating for the realization of Fomilenio II and for a deepening of the Association for Growth pact signed between the two countries two years ago.
From a press release by the Presidency of El Salvador:
A delegation from the National Council for Growth will make an official visit to Washington DC from 24 to 26 June, where meetings will be held with senior government officials and the Congress of the United States, under the framework of the first 18 months of the Partnership for Growth.
The delivery of a 100 year concession award for an Inter-oceanic Canal to a company without the capital or experience to carry out a project of this magnitude could be the result of a brilliant long-term operation by the Chinese government.
By Jorge Cobas
As a commercial project, the Inter-Oceanic Canal in Nicaragua is economically unfeasible, in particular because the uncertainty over the return on investment to be made is so large. But for a country destined to be a world leader, as is China, for whom $40 billion is a small thing, possession of a dominion over a waterway in the backyard of its greatest commercial competitor makes this investment a bargain.
While Obama's visit was mainly symbolic and dealt with long-term issues, the visit by Xi Jinping focussed on specific projects such as the $400 million for the route to Limon.
"In the evaluation of the visit by the Chinese President Xi Jinping to Costa Rica, the cooperation provided by the Asian president and the possibility of strengthening trade and diplomatic relations, there were many positive aspects. It was undoubtedly an act of pragmatism by Oscar Arias in 2007 to recognize China and seek closer relations with what Napoleon called 'the sleeping giant', which looks much more awake in the XXI century, " explained Mario Bermúdez in an article in an article in Elfinancierocr.com.
Since the entry into force in 2006 of the DR-CAFTA, the tip in favor of the U.S. in the trade balance has multiplied by 5.
"The Central America to which President Barack Obama is coming to visit on on Friday is a region that maintains multiple communication vessels with the United States, including a growing trade relationship which in 2012 amounted to $40 billion, although very much in favor of the American power," reported Prensa.com.
In preparation for his visit to the region, the U.S. president is meeting with business leaders who have a "significant presence" in Mexico and Central America.
According to the White House, the goal is to talk with employers, before his trip to the region next week, about "opportunities to expand U.S. trade with Mexico and Central America", with the goal of creating jobs and "reducing barriers to growth" in the region.
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