Exporters in the Region Put Pressure on El Salvador

They are supporting Costa Rica in the dispute it has with El Salvador over the lack of respect for the DR -CAFTA and they are requesting action to be taken to end the paralysis of intraregional trade at Salvadoran customs offices.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The Federation of Chambers and Associations of Exporters in Central America (Fecaxca) is proposing that the fee of $18 being charged at customs offices in El Salvador be only imposed on goods which have the country as a final destination, and not everything that passes through Salvadoran territory which may be destined for other Central American countries.

" ... According to the group, the measure directly affects the competitiveness of a regional market that is in the process of developing and representing the second largest export market for each of the countries of the region and delays the process of integration of Central America and jeopardizes the international transit regime."

FECAEXCA is asking for "...the respective Governments through the forum of the Council of Ministers of Economy and Trade, to call on the Salvadoran government to heed requests to respect the International Transit System, to reconsider the imposition of additional costs on regional trade and waive this provision whose scope could cause a setback in the progress of the integration process which has been achieved to date."

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