Clearing a container through customs can take up to 14 days and the extra costs for surcharges which apply after a third day can exceed $600.
An article on Laprensa.hn reports that "...Of those 14 days, only about 11 will be spent waiting, first for the cargo to be inspected and after for a diagnosis to be made, or because of the delay added due to days when customs officers from the now liquidated Executive Directorate of Revenue ( DEI) have taken off in order to migrate to the Revenue Management System (SAR). "
Product distribution companies in the North of Central America are paying monthly installments of $100 per truck to organized criminal groups.
Far from declining, the cost and problems caused by extortion for companies in Central America, continue to rise and is harming regional trade. In Honduras alone, Eleconomista.net reported, "... between 2012 and 2013 some 18,000 businesses closed because of pressures from gang members and consequently some 72,000 direct jobs were lost."
A public-private interagency committee has failed to agree on the measures to be taken for at least alleviating a problem that costs $25 million a month.
Industrialists oppose the idea of restricting the movement of goods via delivery vehicles to night time hours, on the ground that no Customs offices are open in the evenings, and rising costs which would have to be passed on to consumers.
Popularly known as "tuc tuc’s", these vehicles are displacing traditional urban transport.
In the area of San Benito and Flores alone more than 600 motorcycletaxis are in circulation, and they are preferred by transport users for their speed. The increase in the number of units has led to the formation of draft regulations specifically for them, as they are not covered under the Traffic Act.
The Salvadoran Association of International Cargo Transport has announced that from next week there will be an adjustment in freight prices.
Raul Alfaro, president of the Salvadoran Association of International Cargo Carriers (ASTIC), said that what carriers want is an adjustment of freight prices, which they have avoided for a long time despite increases in the price of diesel.
Improved logistics in the transport of goods is the goal of a government project that will be supported by the Georgia Tech Supply Chain & Logistics Institute.
According to a press release from the Presidential House, “It was agreed to create an executive committee to define the content and track a project to improve logistics in the transport of goods in Costa Rica, which has the support of Georgia Tech Supply Chain & Logistics Institute. This project is seen as particularly important since several studies indicate that while in Latin America logistics costs hover between 18 and 40% of product value, in developed countries such costs hover between 8 and 10% of the product.
Being the sole operator of the Guatemala - Mexico route, TACA was able to charge more than $700 a ticket. Now that Aeromexico and Interjet have arrived, prices have fallen to less than half that price.
Last week the Mexican low-cost airline Interjet announced two daily flights between Guatemala City and Mexico City from July, with rates from $249 roundtrip including taxes.
Six consortiums have expressed an interest in carrying out a feasibility study of the development of short-distance maritime transport.
The Meso-american short-distance maritime transport feasibility study seeks to define a strategy for promoting the development and modernization of maritime transport in the area for travel over short distances.
The Panama Canal Authority (PCA) considers that rising rates in 2010 would be counterproductive, given the slow reactivation of cargo transit through the canal.
Meanwhile, the PCA is preparing a new rates structure, which includes a variable factor depending on the number of onboard containers. Vessels would pay a toll that will directly depend on the amount of cargo they carry.
Central America's short distance maritime transport project (TMCD, Spanish Acronym) is advancing. Feasibility studies have determined that with little investment, the 49 ports located in Central America and Mexico, "could be adapted for short distance passenger and cargo transportation, as it is done in Europe".
Even though the price of fuel has gone down in the last few month, the cost of internal shipping by container in Panama has gone up.
Yasmina De Hoyos, a customs agent, said that the cargo transporters used to charge between $220 and $250 to transport a container from any port in colon to Panama, but for a few months now they have been charging $350.
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