How to Strengthen the Regional Integration Process

Transporting a truckload from Guatemala to Costa Rica takes four days, when the journey could be completed in 30 hours.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Business Committee for Customs Union launched a campaign to accelerate and complete the integration, attacking in particular mental and cultural barriers which persist in economic actors and in the general population.

An article in reported that the president of the Business Committee, Adam Aquino, claimed, “Not being able to facilitate trade results in losses and high costs for Central American consumers. The main causes for slow cargo movement between El Salvador and Guatemala, is the different interpretation officials make of the legal instruments approved by the customs union.

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