Freight Terminals in Arrears

Ten days after the gradual return to activities at El Salvador's freight terminals, logistics companies report delays in deliveries due to saturation in the warehouses.

Friday, June 26, 2020

Because the freight terminals at the Oscar Romero International Airport and the Port of Acajutla worked part-time for almost three months due to the covid-19 outbreak, a bottleneck was created that now affects cargo and logistics companies.

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Javier Ayala Sastre, president of the Salvadoran Association of Cargo Agents and Forwarders (ASAC), told that "... There is a lot of congestion, because there were too many shipments held up by the recent quarantine. This has caused problems of saturation in the warehouses of the Autonomous Port Executive Commission (CEPA) and the storage companies, which causes some delays."

Ayala added that "... in the port of Acajutla, queues form to enter the area to load containers, which occur because of the agglomeration in the delivery of equipment already released by customs. In addition, there are biosecurity restrictions in each area that limit the number of people who can enter. There are also non-tariff barriers, such as permits from the National Directorate of Medicines and other institutions, which cause delays because they are also saturated by closures and the growing demand for medical supplies."

The congestion is increased by the time it takes for the National Civil Police's Anti-Narcotics Division to conduct its reviews, a process that can take several days to complete, the businessman explained.

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