C.A. Exporters Demand a Solution in Honduras

Fecaxca warned that exports from all the countries of the region are being affected by measures blocking free flow of goods.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Nacion.com: "Exporters of the region, represented in the Federation of Export Chambers of Central America (Fecaexca), agreed on Saturday, in Managua, to await a prompt resolution of the Honduran crisis, in order to resume transit of goods in the region, which is paralyzed since September 22."

The political crisis in Honduras has seriously affected the flow of merchandises in Central America. The country's location in the center of the isthmus makes it a obliged point of transit, not only for exports within the region, but also for products going to other continents. As for Honduras, exports have reduced 10% because of the conflict, according to estimates.

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