Cargo Transporters Threaten Strike

The union of Salvadoran freight forwarders has announced that they could stop transporting merchandise to the neighboring country on November 1 and 2, in protest against a supposed extraordinary charge of $40 that the Guatemalan tax authority levies during the holidays.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Although the Salvadoran Association of International Freight Carriers (Astic) insists that they have to pay this additional fee when they enter Guatemala with merchandise on holidays, the Superintendency of Tax Administration (SAT) explained that in those days there is no extra charge.

Raúl Alfaro, president of the trade union, " ... explained to El Mundo newspaper in El Salvador, that the Superintendency of Tax Administration (SAT) of Guatemala authorized the collection of Q300, equivalent to US $42.50, at its border points in order to process import operations and international transit during holidays. For this reason, on November 1, the start of the holidays in Guatemala, while for El Salvador and Mexico it is the next day, the service will be suspended. " reported that "...When consulting authorities at the SAT, they indicated that collections for the products and services provided by the institution and the prices of these are regulated in Directory Agreement 11-2001, numeral 4 of article 3. However, they reported that with the aim of encouraging an increase in customs tax collection, they decided to eliminate the collection for this service on holidays, for the operations carried out during the hours of service established at customs offices."

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