Blockades at Puerto Santo Tomas

In protest against the slow pace with which procedures are processed at customs offices, a group of customs managers and truck drivers have blocked off the entrance to the terminal facilities.

Friday, March 11, 2016 reports that on Friday afternoon "... a group of about 350 people blocked access to facilities of the Port of Santo Tomas de Castilla." The blockades started on Wednesday, March 9, causing delays and discomfort for exporters and importers.

In a statement sent to the Guatemalan media, port users argued that there is a lack of management and supervision of middle management in port operations, causing "labor anarchy, supported by some of the labor organizations."

In addition, they also reported that lack of a preventive maintenance programs is preventing use of equipment and machinery needed to meet the requirements of users.

Lack of staff at the Superintendency of Tax Administration, SAT, is another of the problems raised by demonstrators, which is causing delays in the process and ultimately raising costs.

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Blockades at Guatemala - Mexico Customs Offices

July 2016

Losses of up to $1 million a day in exports are being reported due to demonstrations which have closed off Customs offices in Tecun Uman, El Carmen and La Mesilla for the last 8 days.

Although the union of exporters has tried to contact the Mexican authorities to end the blockade that is preventing the free movement of goods from Guatemala to Mexico, the problem has not been resolved and customs offices have now been paralyzed for eight days.

Unions Call For Solutions to Strike At Salvadoran Borders

January 2014

Central American companies are asking the Salvadoran government to intervene in the conflict, which is already generating huge losses.

Legislation in the region allows customs offices to design nonintrusive inspection methods, but these should not generate arrears in clearance or excessive costs which obstruct the free movement of goods, services and people.

Exporters in the Region Put Pressure on El Salvador

January 2014

They are supporting Costa Rica in the dispute it has with El Salvador over the lack of respect for the DR -CAFTA and they are requesting action to be taken to end the paralysis of intraregional trade at Salvadoran customs offices.

The Federation of Chambers and Associations of Exporters in Central America (Fecaxca) is proposing that the fee of $18 being charged at customs offices in El Salvador be only imposed on goods which have the country as a final destination, and not everything that passes through Salvadoran territory which may be destined for other Central American countries.

Strike at Customs Offices in El Salvador

June 2012

Goods vehicles can not pass through customs posts at the Salvadoran border, where Treasury officials are on strike.

Various business groups have expressed concern about the strike, which is causing serious economic losses for businesses.

Regarding this, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in El Salvador states that "We have learned from our partners that the suspension of customs duties has already begun to generate losses of perishable products, delays in delivery times and possible shortages of basic goods, especially vegetables from other countries in the region and those that supply El Salvador. "

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