Impact of Increase in Port Charges on Guatemala

The private sector is asking the government to repeal the new tariff schedule in the ports of Quetzal and Santo Tomas de Castilla, saying it there is no justification for it and the competitiveness of ports is deteriorating.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

According to employers, the increase is not only unwarranted, but also directly impacts the cost structure of firms, which end up passing on the prices increases to end consumers.

Hermann Giron, president of the Coordinating Committee of Agricultural, Commercial, Industrial and Financial Associations, told S21.com.gt that "... The situation at the ports does not justify the increase, as there has been minimal investments to improve infrastructure and operations in both ports, despite the good profitability. "

'... At the same time, through a letter signed by its chairman Estuardo Castle, the Agexport agrees with Cacif in reversing the statement, as one of the obstacles in the country are the logistics costs, both in terms of transport as well as poor road infrastructure. "



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