A Customs Post That Malfunctions

The transportation of people and goods faces extraordinary problems passing through the customs post ‘Pedro de Alvarado’, between El Salvador and Guatemala.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Carriers are complaining about the customs authorities of both sides, because of the imposition of controls which are causing delays. On the Guatemalan side, they are not authorizing the use of free lanes for the passage of empty vehicles, said Santiago Urrea, a Salvadoran carrier to Prensalibre.com .

Another obstacle is that the system of both countries is constantly interrupted and the network takes several hours to reset.

The Pedro de Alvarado customs is used by carriers as the corridor between Mexico and Central America for international trade. The average daily circulation is 300 trucks, of which 30 percent are vehicles in transit to Panama and 70 percent for all other countries in the region.

"Sometimes a single truck stops the whole process over little things and that forces everyone behind to stop, as there isn't adequate infrastructure to facilitate the movement," said Fernando Herrera, director of the Guatemalan Association of Exporters.

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