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 .
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With the decreed intervention the time it takes to pass through customs has doubled and even tripled in some cases.
In the absence of ‘marchamos’, the products are accumulating at the customs border in El Salvador, causing additional costs and delays to carriers and enterprises.
Regional freight transportation businessmen in Guatemala will meet to discuss abuses in fees and other procedures at several customs offices on the isthmus.
An agreement signed between the foreign ministries of Costa Rica and Panama was not enough for the Costa Rican truckers to lift the blockade in Paso Canoas, which has gone on for five days.
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