Central American Industry Demands Improvements in Trade

The Federation of Chambers and Industry Associations of Central America and the Dominican Republic are demanding that governments provide efficient management and eliminate obstacles to the movement of goods.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

At the last meeting held in Panama the Chambers of Industry urged their governments to have greater efficiency in customs procedures for trade in goods in Latin America.

"Roberto Solorzano, executive director of the Chamber of Industry of Nicaragua (Cadin), says the purpose is to strengthen the Latin American market, to get a better balance and stop relying on the U.S. market, Europe and Asia.

Businesses in Nicaragua complain about the customs system in particular, especially on the border of Peñas Blancas, where there are the most delays in customs procedures because it is not open 24 hours a day, as required by the trade," reports Laprensa.com.ni.

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Instead of being reduced, bureaucracy at the Central American borders is becoming increasingly burdensome, complicating and making intra regional trade more expensive.

Constant delays which increase transportation costs, lack of progress in the streamlining of customs procedures and a perceived stagnation of the customs and economic integration project are the most pressing problems observed by business associations in Central America.

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