Carriers Prepare Lawsuit Against El Salvador

The regional union is bringing charges to the Central American Court of Justice over what it considers to be undue customs fees in El Salvador.

Friday, January 31, 2014

The American Federation of Freight (Fecatrans) announced that it is preparing a lawsuit against El Salvador at the Central American Court of Justice (CCJ). The union is complaining about the fees that carriers pay at customs offices in that country, which it considers improper.

"... The problems are the charge of a tax of $18 for land crossings in the border customs office of El Salvador (currently suspended), and another of 0.26% set by the Scanner Act and which is not operating, and the lack recognition of regional insurance coverage in Central America, among other things," said Marvin Altamirano, president of Fecatrans.

"... The action could spread to other countries such as Honduras and Costa Rica, which also charge taxes and fees, in addition to the mistreatment of carriers, creating barriers to freight costs and making sending goods more expensive for the region."

"... This affects international trade and is preventing what is specified in the rules of international land transit, which is the free movement of goods and people."



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Exemption from $18 Customs Fee applies to all Transport

January 2014

The suspension of payment for customs inspections in El Salvador applies to goods in international transit and those with a local destination.

From a press release issued by the Legislative Assembly of El Salvador:

The Legislature has approved an authentic interpretation of Decree 604, approved on January 16, which contains exceptional and transitional provisions applied to the "Customs Simplification Act" to suspended for a period of 180 days, the fee for the provision of non-intrusive inspections, whose office of departure and destination are within or outside the borders of El Salvador.

Strike By Truckers Continues at Salvadoran Borders

January 2014

Only cargo destined for El Salvador should be charged with the $18 fee for the inspection with scanner, request freight carriers.

According to the Secretariat for Central American Economic Integration (SIECA), this fee violates conventions and trade agreements in the region. In addition, they believe that the inspections and the time it takes to submit all shipments to the procedures are excessive.

Carriers Oppose Charge for Scanners in El Salvador

December 2013

Regional unions are threatening a general strike in the Salvadoran border to protest at the rate of $18 per inspection at customs offices in that country.

S21.com.gt reports: "The new provision of the General Customs of El Salvador will take effect on 6 January, in light of this, carriers of the remaining five countries in the region have announced a general strike on the Salvadoran border if this legislation goes ahead. "

Regional Chaos in Customs Fees

July 2013

In contrast to what should be a regional customs union, every Central American border post charges vastly different rates and taxes.

"We believe that we could even stage regional custom blockades," said the Nicaraguan Marvin Altamirano, president of the American Federation of Chambers of Transportation (Fecatrans).

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