Agricultural Chambers Against Border Tax

Complaints have been made stating that the new tax charged by the government of El Salvador on vehicles from other countries who cross its borders, will increase costs and hinders regional trade.

Friday, May 31, 2013

The Salvadoran decision "is detrimental to the competitiveness of the Central American region, further increasing costs related to insecurity, and this measure goes against the principal of free movement of goods in the region," said the Federation of Chambers of Agriculture and Agroindustrialists in Central America (Fecagro).

Fecagro has requested that the tax be removed and that respect be shown for "the commitments made in the framework of Central American integration, especially those that guarantee the free movement of people and goods."

The Federation also expressed its discomfort in the Forum of Ministers of Economy and Foreign Trade (Comieco) because the "measure contravenes efforts to consolidate regional integration," especially in regard to "trade facilitation, the modernization borders, the streamlining of customs procedures, the adequacy of infrastructure and regulatory harmonization. "

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The regional business sector rejected SICA’s decision to block trade with Honduras because it would affect all the economies of the region.

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