Honduras – Guatemala Border Reopens

David Cristiani, Guatemalan vice-minister of economy, said that there are no plans to extend the border closing beyond the 48 hour term.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

The regional business sector, represented by the Federation of Private Business in Central America, the Dominican Republic, and Panama (FEDEPRICAP, acronym in Spanish), has appealed to the governments of Nicaragua, Guatemala, and El Salvador to lift the embargo, insisting that it violates the principles of free transport of goods as established in trade and integration agreements.

Lorena Alvarez, in her article in Elperiodico.com.gt, informs that the vice-minister Cristiani said that “Honduras is Guatemala’s third largest market where $737 million in goods was exported in 2008. Daily trade exceeds $2 million,” and he recognized “the pressure from businesses to reopen the border.”



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Central American Industry Demands Improvements in Trade

April 2012

The Federation of Chambers and Industry Associations of Central America and the Dominican Republic are demanding that governments provide efficient management and eliminate obstacles to the movement of goods.

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Customs Still a Problem

February 2012

Instead of being reduced, bureaucracy at the Central American borders is becoming increasingly burdensome, complicating and making intra regional trade more expensive.

Constant delays which increase transportation costs, lack of progress in the streamlining of customs procedures and a perceived stagnation of the customs and economic integration project are the most pressing problems observed by business associations in Central America.

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