Cargo Transport: Guatemala Applies Reciprocal Measures

Because Costa Rica has imposed several restrictions on the movement of goods entering its territory, the Guatemalan government announced that it will apply reciprocal measures to Costa Rican transporters from June 9.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Guatemala joins the list of Central American nations applying similar measures to those imposed by Costa Rica, which, arguing that it is trying to mitigate the spread of Covid-19 in its territory, decided that from 18 May only transporters carrying out direct border-to-board transit would enter, whose units would have to be subject to police surveillance.

Guatemala's provision is argued in Resolution 65-2001 of the Council of Ministers Responsible for Economic Integration and Regional Development, which establishes reciprocal and non-discriminatory treatment in cargo transport services between Central American countries. Since June 9, Costa Rican pilots must unload at the country's customs, explains an article in the Diario de Centroamerica.

Fanny D. Estrada, Director of Institutional Relations at the Guatemalan Exporters Association (Agexport), explained to that "... these reciprocal measures should not occur, because of the progress made in Central America's economic integration over the years to remove barriers."

Estrada added that "... this situation will impact the flow of commercial exchange and increase the cost of goods for all businessmen. There is progress and modernization to make intraregional trade more fluid, and this type of measure may even be inapplicable."

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