Natural Disasters Disrupt Regional Trade

Due to the tropical storms Eta and Iota, severe damage has been reported to the road network in Central American countries, and some border posts in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador have been suspended.

Friday, November 20, 2020

Since November 17, operations were suspended at the El Corinto, El Florido and Aguas Calientes border posts. These areas, shared by Guatemala and Honduras, are not operational, according to the Guatemalan Superintendence of Tax Administration (SAT).

On the other hand, representatives of the Central American Economic Integration Secretariat (Sieca) informed that the El Poy customs house, shared by Honduras and El Salvador, also stopped operating.

Damage to the road network also complicates the picture. Hector Fajardo, director of the Central American Transporters Chamber (Catransca), told that in "... each of the countries there are severe damages to the road infrastructure, and it is reported that the means of transport have not been able to reach their destinations both by land and in the different ports (import and export)."

The article adds that "... In the case of Guatemala, there is no connection with Honduras, Izabal, Petén and Belize by land due to the problems generated by the rain in a provisional section at kilometer 154 on the Atlantic route. In Honduras, there are damaged bridges and roads that connect to Puerto Cortés, as well as Puerto Cabezas in Nicaragua. In addition, at the customs office between Costa Rica and Panama there is an interruption in the passage of heavy vehicles."

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