Heavy Transport: Restrictions in Guatemala

Due to Easter Week 2021, from March 31 at 12:00 noon until April 4, the circulation of heavy cargo transportation will be restricted throughout the national territory.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

The restriction will not apply to units transporting perishable products, fuel, beverages and food, and cranes, as they are service equipment, which may circulate and do not require special permits.

The measure was made official through Ministerial Agreement 295-2021, which was published in the Diario de Centroamerica on March 15, 2021.

Article 2 of the Agreement states that ".... Freight transportation may only circulate as follows:

a) From kilometer 290 Highway CA-09-N to the facilities of the Puerto Barrios railroad terminal and to the facilities of the Santo Tomas de Castilla Port on the CA-09-N;

b) From kilometer 80 Highway CA-09-SUR-A to the facilities of Puerto Quetzal, to kilometer 104 Highway CA-09-SUR-09 and kilometer 114 Highway SA-09-SUR."

See full Ministerial Agreement 295-2021.



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Cargo Transport: Controversy Continues

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In response to the restrictions applied to Costa Rican pilots, who are prevented from leaving with cargo from Panama, since July 14 Costa Rica has not allowed trucks with Panamanian plates to leave carrying goods.

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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.

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