Blockades on Guatemala-El Salvador Border

Guatemala carriers have blocked passage through customs posts at Pedro de Alvarado, Jutiapa, in protest against the excessive slowness of procedures for entering El Salvador.

Monday, February 29, 2016

The slowness of customs formalities as a result of the computer system crash caused some 300 carriers to form a blockade using their trucks from Sunday February 28th on the route to the customs office in Ciudad Pedro de Alvarado, located in Moyuta, in the Guatemalan department of Jutiapa, on the border with El Salvador.

Carriers are demanding that authorities increase the number of staff at each office and standardize the opening hours in order to speed up passage through the border. Adam Aquino, president of TransportesLos Andes, informed "... drivers threatened to spread the blockades to other customs posts in the country, while at the office of La Ermita - Angiatú in Concepción Las Minas, Chiquimula department a blockade was also started".

Since last Thursday, the computer system crash at all of the borders in El Salvador caused queues of trucks ranging from 8 to 30 kilometers in the city of Pedro de Alvarado, reported El Diario de Hoy. "... The trucks occupy the entire lane leading from Guatemala to El Salvador and the other is used as a two - way passage for other vehicles that transit through the area, the situation is exacerbated when the free lane is invaded by another truck, causing traffic jams" according to

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