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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Problems persist in the process of reviewing merchandise at the border posts in Amatillo and La Hachadura causing delays to cargo trucks.
With the decreed intervention the time it takes to pass through customs has doubled and even tripled in some cases.
Freight carriers are opposed to the collection of a fee of $18 per inspection using scanners and are threatening strikes and a change of routes.
Exporters claim that the lack of staff at border posts at certain times of the day is slowing the processes for customs clearance, security and sanitation issues.
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