Temporary Suspension of Operations in Puerto Quetzal

The absence of a municipal permit could be the reason behind the temporary suspension of the operations of the Quetzal Container Terminal ordered by the Joint Appeals Chamber of Escuintla.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The union of workers of Empresa Portuaria Quetzal (EPQ) filed a legal petition arguing that the company did not submit a municipal license to operate. The Escuintla Joint Appeals Chamber ordered the suspension of operations and required the EPQ to submit a report on compliance with the resolution within 48 hours.

"... The resolution establishes that, as an effect of the provisional protection granted, the authority under appeal is ordered to suspend the reception of the Works on the Base (sic), one of the Terminal de Contenedores Quetzal, Sociedad Anónima, and its authorization to start commercial operations'."

S21.gt reports that "...The interponents indicated that the complaint was filed a month ago because the Terminal did not present a municipal license to operate.  "The basis we have to file the legal petition was that the company initiated functions of the first phase of the TCQ project, assuring that it had all the licenses, but never submitted one that should have been awarded by the municipality of Escuintla," said Reyes Navarrete, one of the union's legal representatives."

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