Guatemala and El Salvador call for customs union

At the same time that they are making the final step in the elimination of the border for the passage of goods, both countries are calling on the rest of Central America to do the same.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

The article in Mipunto.com says that "In Central America, El Salvador and Guatemala have led the customs unification process, which has been contemplated and pushed for since 2003 in the region." ... "It is an important step that El Salvador and Guatemala are making towards the consolidation of the Customs Union, and I believe that this will be a motor that will also move the other Central American nations,' the Salvadoran minister of the Economy, Ricardo Esmahan, said to the press."



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