El Salvador: Freight to Get More Expensive

The union of transporters has warned that if the increase in the fuel tax is approved, "the cost of transporting cargo to Guatemala will rise by $12.75."

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The bill proposed by the executive branch will raise to $0.37 the contribution used to finance the Road Maintenance Fund (FOVIAL), and transport companies say that if it is approved, the cost of freight to haul cargo in and out of the territory will rise.

"...Consulted by Diario El Mundo, Raul Alfaro, president of the Salvadoran Association of International Freight Transporters (ASTIC) estimated that if the Assembly increases, from $0.20 to $0.37, the contribution paid for each gallon of fuel, the cost of moving cargo to Guatemala, for example, will rise by $12.75."

ANEP's president, Luis Cardenal, "... urged [them] to be 'more creative' and to avoid this rise, as it will increase business costs, the country will become less competitive and generally Salvadorans' pockets will be affected. "

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