Cargo Transport: El Salvador Makes Measures More Flexible

Local authorities decided to extend from 3 to 10 days the maximum period that drivers of international cargo transport are allowed to stay in Salvadoran territory to unload or load merchandise.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Due to the spread of covid-19 Costa Rica was the first country to impose restrictions on cargo transport units from other countries in the region. Faced with this decision taken unilaterally, the governments applied reciprocal measures.

See "Freight transport at borders: Endless problem"

In El Salvador, the authorities decreed in early May that pilots from other countries entering the country would only have 72 hours to make all their arrangements. This measure was rejected by the transporters, who argued that three days is not enough to comply with delivery and dispatch times.

In this scenario, the government decided to extend the maximum time for international transport from 3 to 10 days. Reviewed by Elmundo.sv that "... According to a letter from Ricardo Cucalón, Director General of Migration and Foreigners, dated July 2, the Salvadoran Government communicated the change to the Commission of Migration Authorities of SICA Member Countries (OCAM)."

The article adds that "... The text explains that after the analysis of the essential elements of logistics, delivery times and dispatch of cargo transport, the 72-hour period for the stay in El Salvador of international cargo transporters was modified."

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Regional Trade: Panama Applies Reciprocal Measures

May 2020

After Costa Rica imposed several restrictions on the movement of cargo entering its territory, the Panamanian government limited the permit for Costa Rican carriers to remain in the country to 72 hours.

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May 2020

Since El Salvador, Costa Rica and Panama have set a 72-hour time limit for freight drivers operating in the region, hundreds of units have decided to halt their operations as a measure of pressure.

Due to the health crisis resulting from the covid-19 outbreak, Salvadoran, Costa Rican and Panamanian authorities decided that the drivers of the cargo transport units entering the country will have only 72 hours to make the formalities at the borders, and to unload and reload the goods from the vehicles.

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