Central America Transports Road Freight at 15Kph

A rise of up to 25% in the value of the cargo, and possible total loss is the result of the slowness with which goods are transported through the region.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

"Four times slower than the world average" is the speed at which the terrestrial cargo moves through Central American countries according to Jaime Granados, from the Inter - American Development Bank (IDB).

In a forum of the College of Economists of Panama, Granados explained that "... The rate of passage of cargo and transport units throughout the Pacific corridor (of Central America) is extremely slow, around 15 or 16 kilometers per hour whereas it should be 60 or 70 kilometers per hour" said Granados to Acan EFE.

Elnuevodiario.com.ni reports that "...The violence plaguing the region forces trucks to not travel at night and leave cargo standing for hours at a time. 'Even during the day, carriers are afraid to get out of their trucks to go to carry out customs procedures in the offices at border posts, which means they have to hire someone to do it for them so as not to abandon their cargo, which inevitably increases costs' added the expert."



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Central America: Threats to the Supply Chain

May 2020

Since El Salvador, Costa Rica and Panama have set a 72-hour time limit for freight drivers operating in the region, hundreds of units have decided to halt their operations as a measure of pressure.

Due to the health crisis resulting from the covid-19 outbreak, Salvadoran, Costa Rican and Panamanian authorities decided that the drivers of the cargo transport units entering the country will have only 72 hours to make the formalities at the borders, and to unload and reload the goods from the vehicles.

Which Countries Have the Best Roads?

March 2019

In terms of quality, the Dominican Republic, Panama, Nicaragua, Honduras and El Salvador are the countries in the region with the best road infrastructure, while Costa Rica and Guatemala continue to lag behind.

The Global Competitiveness Index, elaborated by Deloitte, measures the characteristics of 140 economies of the world in different areas, among which the analysis of the connectivity and quality of the road infrastructure of the countries stands out.

Regional Trade: Options for Overcoming the Crisis

June 2018

To be able to ship cargo throughout the region, Central American business leaders are exploring options for moving goods using alternative methods, such as shipping.

Representatives from the Costa Rican government and the union of exporters met to address the issue of blockades in Nicaragua and the logistical drawbacks that they have caused, since Costa Rica transports by land about five thousand containers to the other Central American countries every month. As a result of this meeting, both parties concluded that the most viable option is to use maritime transport.

It's Time to Remove the Darien Gap

May 2015

The country with the best air and maritime connectivity in the region should seize the opportunities offered by a land connection with South America.

In his opinion piece published in Prensa.com, Rommel Troetsch highlights the need to raise the debate to develop the essential connectivity that is needed in the south.

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