Operations have started on the border between Honduras and El Salvador at the new checkpoint for International Quarantine Services.
From a statement issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock in El Salvador:
Authorities in the Salvadoran government and the International Regional Organization for Agricultural Health (OIRSA) inaugurated a post for quarantine control at the border El Amatillo, in the department of La Union, with spacious and modern facilities where staff will be able a provide better and higher quality service for quarantine handling and transportation of products entering El Salvador through this border crossing.
All the necessary information carriers, importers or exporters, need to know about the procedures at each customs office, from Guatemala to Panama.
From a statement issued by Agexport:
The intention is to reduce the time lost and inconvenience caused at each border point due to lack of preparation of documents or lack of knowledge of the electronic tools that exist.Expanding knowledge of those tools available to carry out the procedures required under the regime, is the aim of the contents of the Guide.
The union of exporters has reported losses of $145 million, and more than 12,000 shipping containers held up because of the blockades which have now been going on for more than a week.
Reports indicate that two shipping companies have suspended operations at the ports and announced they will not disembark because of "inability to ensure the safety of their staff."This is just one example of the serious damage caused to in the country by the blockades and demonstrations held by truckers for almost a week at customs offices and ports in Guatemala.
The Guatemalan Exporters Association wishes to express to the different sectors involved in the current crisis affecting transport and the free movement of people and goods, the need to remedy the situation.
From a statement issued by the Guatemalan Exporters Association (AGEXPORT):
In addition to the bureaucracy delaying the project, there is now also an assessment by the shipping company that will provide the service, in order to find a way to "make it profitable."
The project which was announced with great fanfare by the Solis administration one year ago, has not only failed to advance because of the need to modify the regulations on multimodal transport services, but also because now the Odiel shipping company is looking for customers and evaluating the expected profitability of the business, according to government representatives.
A rise of up to 25% in the value of the cargo, and possible total loss is the result of the slowness with which goods are transported through the region.
"Four times slower than the world average"is the speed at which the terrestrial cargo moves through Central American countries according to Jaime Granados, from the Inter - American Development Bank (IDB).
A local problem between Honduran farmers and pasteurizing plants due to the price at which they purchase milk could be the reason behind the block on Nicaraguan dairy products.
Trinchera.com.ni reports that according to the National Federation of Ranchers and Farmers of Honduras (FENAGH), closing the border to milk and dairy products from Nicaragua will continue until there is a resolution to the problem between pasteurizing plants and dairy farmers, who have denounced the low prices paid for the product in plants.
The mania for regulatory bureaucracy which feeds its own existence is taking away flexibility in the use of resources in the economy, slowing development.
It will be impossible for Central Americans to make progress if every new business activity has to be authorized by a public official.In the region the practice is not that you can do anything that is not forbidden, but rather the general culture indicates that you can only do what the State authorizes you to do.
The project that intended to connect the Tecun Uman San Marcos line with the line belonging to the Compañía de Ferrocarriles Chiapas-Mayab de México will not be viable before 2017.
The initial idea put forward by President Maldonado in 2015 was that the Mexican train known as "La Bestia" (The Beast), would enter Guatemalan soil through Tecun Uman, where it would receive cargo to be transported from Central America to Mexico and the US.
A year after the announcement, the project to establish a marine cargo ferry between El Salvador and Costa Rica remains on paper.
Although it had been announced that the service would begin in late July 2016, it seems that the idea of a ferry transporting goods between the ports of Costa Rica and El Salvador at a base cost of $800 will not happen, at least for now.
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