Customs Union in Northern Triangle Moves Forward

The Legislative Assembly of El Salvador has approved incorporation into the Customs Union between Guatemala and Honduras.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Although an improvement has been reported in the transit of goods through customs posts as well as an increase in bilateral trade, there are still a lot of aspects that need improving, according to businessmen who trade among these countries. See "Customs Union: Good results, but improvement still needed"

From a statement issued by the Legislature:

Deputies in the Foreign Relations Commission established in their favorable opinion that the common customs territory that they intend to create has a total of 242, 020 square kilometers, which is equivalent to 48.5% of the Central American territory, being of a population of 32.1 millions of people, which is equivalent to 68% of the Central American population and intraregional trade of the northern triangle amounts to 6, 208.2 million dollars which is equivalent to 69% of trade in Central America. 

The accession of El Salvador to the customs union between Guatemala and Honduras will be possible through the ratification of the Enabling Protocol for the process of Deep Integration of Free Transit of Goods and Natural Persons. With the customs union of the Northern Triangle a single customs territory between the three countries will be established and a list of products that will enjoy free circulation and list of exceptions will be established.

Read full statement (in Spanish).

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