Governments Hinder Intra-Regional Trade

Despite the antiquity of the efforts for Central American integration and for the Customs Union the obstacles to trade between the countries on the isthmus presented by customs offices are notorious.

Friday, July 11, 2014

The Federation of Chambers and Associations of Exporters of Central America (Fecaxca) is once again calling for policies and common strategies for standards and customs procedures. reports that "The statement sent by exporters shows their concern over the situation in the various Central American borders and transport routes: 'That the implementation of charges in El Salvador for nonintrusive inspection whose reform or even repeal is pending approval in the National Assembly as well as the collection of tolls in Honduras to transit the CA-5 highway from Tegucigalpa to San Pedro Sula, are affecting the export competitiveness of the region.'"

Fecaxca "... expressed concern about "inconsistencies and lack of coordination of the governments" regarding payments and actions taken in each of the countries, which restrict the free movement of goods in transit and increases logistics costs in the region. "

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El Salvador - Costa Rica: Customs Requirement Eliminated

February 2015

A requirement has been eliminated which previously obliged companies exporting goods to submit records which indicated the customs procedure under which the company operates.

From a bulletin by the Chamber of Industries of Costa Rica:

The Ministry of Foreign Trade announced that it has been agreed with the authorities of El Salvador that in bilateral trade the requirement to submit records which indicate the customs procedure under which the exporter of the goods operates has been eliminated. The elimination of the requirement will be effective for both parties from February 16 this year.

Exporters in the Region Put Pressure on El Salvador

January 2014

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.

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.

Central American Customs Offices: Obstacle to Development

January 2014

The competitiveness of the economies of the isthmus is being impaired by the inefficiency of the bureaucracy in the management of customs offices in the region.

The bureaucracy at customs offices has become a serious problem for the Central American region. Among other things it generates increases in the costs of exporting because of the procedures that must be paid for, loss of perishable goods and delays in production in processes that have to wait for raw materials.

New Tax at El Salvador Borders Still In Effect

June 2013

The Federation of Chambers and Associations of Exporters of Central America have joined their voices with those of businesses to oppose the tax for Attention to Victims of Traffic Accidents.

The Federation of Chambers and Associations of Exporters of Central America (Fecaxca) believes that the tax affects the competitiveness of a regional market in the process of development.

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