Blockades Affect Guatemala - El Salvador Customs Offices

The passage of freight transport is being blocked by demonstrations held by Guatemalan teachers which have forced the closure of the customs offices of Pedro de Alvarado, San Cristobal and La Ermita.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

The private sector grouped under the Coordinating Committee of Agricultural, Commercial, Industrial and Financial Associations (Cacif) has called for an end to the blockades that are already affecting Puerto Quetzal and the route to the border at Pedro de Alvarado, in Jutiapa, towards El Salvador.

Agencia Guatemalteca de Noticias reports that "... the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGAC) reported on the takeover of facilities at the Mundo Maya airport in the northern department of Peten, another blockade has been reported on the road to Zacapa."

In a statement, Cacif urges the authorities to take measures to prevent the violation of the right of free transit at the points where protesters are blocking passage. reports that "...Customs authorities in El Salvador, will be coordinating actions at these border posts in order to deal with the backlog in operations caused by the protest of Guatemalan teachers, when activities resume at these offices."

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