Guatemala: Changes to Cargo Transportation Rules

Insurance against damage to third parties and a single registration for each unit are part of the announced amendments to the regulations on heavy transport in the country.

Friday, June 19, 2015

In 15 days reforms could take effect which include fining drivers instead of the companies that own the vehicles. In addition, employers must provide drivers documentation in order to hold them accountable in case of possible accidents.

Regarding the situation with units from other countries, Prensalibre.com explains that "... heavy transport coming to Guatemala can not enter if they are not insured ...".

In order to improve controls they have asked for "... a unique record for each unit, which will be updated every 10 years, with this an ID card can be issued authorizing operations ..."



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Cargo Transport: Requirements to Enter Costa Rica

May 2020

The monitoring of trucks by GPS to supervise the scheduled routes and the time of the carrier in the country, is the proposal of the Costa Rican authorities so that the cargo transport units of Central America can enter their territory.

The Costa Rican presidency decided that from May 18, only transporters that make direct transit from border to border would enter Costa Rican territory, whose units would be subject to police surveillance. In response to this announcement, Central American business and transport associations have spoken out against it and called for the restrictions to be lifted.

Cargo Transport: Costa Rica Tightens Restrictions

May 2020

In order to mitigate the spread of the covid-19, the government decided that as of May 18, only transporters that make direct transit from border to border will enter Costa Rican territory, whose units must be subject to police surveillance.

On 15 May, President Carlos Alvarado issued two decrees aimed at keeping the number of foreign transporters in the country as low as possible, reported the Costa Rican presidency.

Central America: Threats to the Supply Chain

May 2020

Since El Salvador, Costa Rica and Panama have set a 72-hour time limit for freight drivers operating in the region, hundreds of units have decided to halt their operations as a measure of pressure.

Due to the health crisis resulting from the covid-19 outbreak, Salvadoran, Costa Rican and Panamanian authorities decided that the drivers of the cargo transport units entering the country will have only 72 hours to make the formalities at the borders, and to unload and reload the goods from the vehicles.

Guatemala: Truckers End Blockades

November 2016

The municipality of Guatemala City gave in to pressure and changed the rules on the restrictions of the movement of heavy transport vehicles in the capital, putting an end to a strike that lasted for almost 9 days.

The Municipality reviewed the new rules restricting movement of cargo vehicles in the capital and decided to keep them in place on weekdays and reduce the time slot during which they can not enter the capital on Saturdays and Sundays.

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