Regional Freight Strike Suspended

After the Salvadoran Supreme Court suspended the Fonat law, carriers decided to resume their work.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

"There is no longer a reason for the strike," said Raul Alfaro, president of the Association of International Cargo Transporters (ASTIC).

"The Chamber accepted a constitutional challenge submitted by the ASTIC against the collection of accident insurance, namely the Fund for Victims of Traffic Accidents (Fonat), from which the Legislature excluded foreign transporters, but not Salvadorans," noted an article in Elsalvador.com.

Until a definitive solution has been found the collection of the tax has been suspended.



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Problems persist in the process of reviewing merchandise at the border posts in Amatillo and La Hachadura causing delays to cargo trucks.

Double review processes, recurring failures with x-ray machine inspection and the absence of a contingency plan for unforeseen delays has generated delays of between 19 and 23 hours for the approval of entry and exit of goods, said the Salvadoran Association of International Freight Carriers (ASTIC).

Strike By Truckers Continues at Salvadoran Borders

January 2014

Only cargo destined for El Salvador should be charged with the $18 fee for the inspection with scanner, request freight carriers.

According to the Secretariat for Central American Economic Integration (SIECA), this fee violates conventions and trade agreements in the region. In addition, they believe that the inspections and the time it takes to submit all shipments to the procedures are excessive.

El Salvador: Insured Truckers Won't Pay FONAT

June 2013

An agreement has been made to reform the law "Fondo de Atención para Víctimas de Accidentes de Tránsito" (Fund for Attention to Traffic Accident Victims) to exempt carriers carriers who already have private insurance from additional charges.

The agreement was reached in the Finance Committee of the Salvadoran Congress after the Salvadoran Association of International Freight Carriers (ASTIC by its initials in Spanish) threatened to paralyze the service at all of the country's border crossings, on 1 July.

Central American Truckers Threaten Strike

May 2013

The main freight union of Central America has issued an ultimatum to the government of El Salvador to modify the collection of the new tax levied at customs offices.

Representatives of these unions which integrate the Central American Council of Transport have given a deadline of May 31 to amend this charge, otherwise on that date, if Congress has not amended the law which created the new tax, the truckers will go on strike for an undefined period causing heavy losses to Central American companies.

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