Guatemala and Honduras: Customs Offices Which Avoid El Salvador

The authorities at customs offices in Guatemala and Honduras have opened new routes for regional transit of goods between the two countries.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

The aim of the opening of new routes at the borders between the two countries, in El Florido and Agua Caliente, is to streamline regional trade which has been blocked because of the protests over the application of a fee of $18 in Salvadoran customs offices for X-ray inspection of trucks.

From a press release by the Ministry of Economy of Guatemala:

In a video conference, the Deputy Minister of Economy of Guatemala responsible for Integration and External Trade, María Luisa Flores and her staff, met with their counterparts in Costa Rica, Fernando Ocampo, Honduras, Melvin Redondo, Nicaragua, Jesús Bermúdez, and Panama, Diana Salazar and asked the Deputy Minister of El Salvador, Mario Roger, to review the provision implemented at Salvadoran customs offices with a view to suspending it. The measure implemented hinders regional trade. The meeting was attended by the Intendent of Guatemalan Customs Offices, Claudia Mendez.

The Guatemalan Vice Minister, Maria Luisa Flores, said that "the Central American deputy ministers have met in order to find a satisfactory solution to the region's problems created after the Salvadoran authorities implemented a payment of $18 for the service of nonintrusive inspection, on imports, exports and transits through its borders."



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