Delayed Transit of Goods in El Salvador

In the absence of ‘marchamos’, the products are accumulating at the customs border in El Salvador, causing additional costs and delays to carriers and enterprises.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Since last Saturday, at the borders of El Amatillo, Angiatú and La Hachadura, freight carriers have had to cover extra costs in order to bring in merchandise and avoid a collapse in trade flows.

The absence of ‘marchamo’ certificates is preventing merchandise from entering the country at border posts. If the goods transported in containers do not carry this certificate they can not enter the territory, as there is no guarantee whether or not the trucks are smuggling contraband, reported

The president of the International Cargo Transport Association (the abbreviation in Spanish is ASTIC), Raul Alfaro, said that on Saturday the customs office at the Amatillo border ran out of 'marchamos'. This affects transport businesses economically because they have to go to Honduras and Guatemala to buy this customs instrument at a higher price than in El Salvador.

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