Tax in El Salvador Affects Regional Trade

The tax on vehicles with foreign plates is having a negative impact on the transportation of goods, raising costs and increasing paperwork and lengthening waiting times at customs offices.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

From a statement from the Federation of Chambers of Commerce of Central America (FECAMCO):

The Federation of Chambers of Commerce of Central America (FECAMCO) wishes to express its increasing concern over the current situation in our region, characterized by the exacerbation of the problems that affect its competitiveness and development.

Among these problems we wish to draw attention to government positions that are affecting regional trade, lack of security and energy crises.

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Central America Surpasses Commercial Jam

June 2020

After several days of tension generated by the restrictions imposed by Costa Rica on the transport of cargo from neighboring countries, Central American authorities reached an agreement and opened the way at the border of Penas Blancas.

In recent weeks the free transit of goods in Central America had been interrupted.

Costa Rica Requests Review of Freight Transportation Charges

April 2019

After Nicaraguan authorities imposed in their customs a $50 payment to each cargo vehicle transiting through their territory, Costa Rica requested a meeting to review the issue.

On March 15 of this year, Nicaraguan authorities began to collect a customs tax on the transportation of cargo in transit or with final destination in the country, which consists of the payment of $50 for each transport unit of goods that passes through land customs.

Extortion "Prices" Rise

September 2014

Product distribution companies in the North of Central America are paying monthly installments of $100 per truck to organized criminal groups.

Far from declining, the cost and problems caused by extortion for companies in Central America, continue to rise and is harming regional trade.

Guatemala and Mexico Expand Free Trade Zone

August 2010

The countries are to authorize the entry of land freight vehicles and coaches, to up to 30km from the border.

In meetings held between Guatemalan and Mexican governments, representatives from companies in the travel and tourism sectors were also present. It is expected that the agreement will come into force with the next few days.

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