Guatemala - Mexico Railway Interconnection

Although the start date had been was agreed as December 2015, it has now been announced that construction of the roads that connect will Tecun Uman with Chiapas, Mexico, will start in April.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

In October 2015 the company Ferrovías announced that on December 15 it would start the interconnection with the Mexican Railway Company Chiapas-Mayab, with the aim of "... activating that line so that in the next five years several sections in the country can be extended with profits generated from this first phase. "

Now, after several months without news, the general manager of Ferrovías, Mynor Castillo, returned to the subject and announced that the works will start in April. He added when asked by that "... the capital to fund this project 'comes from about eight contracts held with various private companies that are exploiting the right of way, in different ways. The investment will be a million dollars. ' "

Castillo also explained that "... a study was carried out to establish what are the main products that have potential to be mobilized by rail ...According to the study by Ferrovías, with figures from the Ministry of Economic Integration (SIECA), 80% of trade between Guatemala and Mexico are from 52 tariff lines, accounting for 3.77 million metric tons, which were moved between 2008 and 2015 from the northern country. On the contrary, the goods whose origin was Guatemala to Mexico, accounted for 5 tariff lines, ie 1.3 million metric tons in the same period. "

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