El Salvador: Exports Down 16% in January

The conflict over charging for non intrusive inspections at borders has negatively affected exporters.

Monday, March 3, 2014

In January there were exports for $402.8 million, 16% less than the amount reported in the same month in 2013, when $477.9 million worth of goods was sold abroad, according to the Central Reserve Bank (Banco Central de Reserva).
The conflict over the $18 charge for inspection using scanners at customs offices has negatively affected exporters.

Jorge Arriaza, executive director of the Salvadoran Association of Industrialists (ASI), further explained "the fall in coffee exports had an impact on the overall result. Coffee sales brought in $6.9 million in January this year, a reduction of $21.3 million. Other products showed a reduction of $53.8 million. "

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