Central American Cargo Withheld in Mexico

In July 2010, Mexican authorities withheld 250 containers with more than $ 5 million in goods brought from Asia by Guatemalan importers.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The cargo, originally from China, Japan and Taiwan and headed for the port of Quetzal in Guatemala, was seized by Mexican authorities at the ports of Lazaro Cardenas and Manzanillo in Mexico.

According to Luis Ronaldo Coronado, president of the Shipping Association of Guatemala (ASONAV), a Mexican unit investigating crimes against copyright and intellectual property decided to retain the goods, arguing suspicion of smuggling and violating international treaties on intellectual property.

"It is a violation of international trade and Mexico can not apply its regulations to third countries," replies Coronado.

Speaking to Prensalibre.com, José Ricardo Cruz, a Salvadoran shipper, "explained that this is a cooperation agreement between Mexico and the U.S. in order to combat this type of crime and that it has spread to containers making ship changes at Mexico's Pacific ports.”

The situation leads to losses for importers and businessmen from various countries of the isthmus, in part because the process to release the cargo must be made in person, and without intermediaries, between the client and the Public Ministry of Mexico.

Asonav is encouraging traders to avoid Mexican ports and instead to send the goods via Panama.

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