Since last Tuesday, the strike at the borders which led to the cessation of domestic trade, has also affected regional trade.
"The blockade has generated, since that day, the paralysis of trade, not only locally but also regionally, as trucks could not transport import and export products. In the various border posts lines of trucks formed over five kilometres long. More than 4,000 trucks with goods have been stranded, with the consequent loss of 86 to 100 dollars per day for each transport unit, which arso at risk of theft", reports Elsalvador.com.
Hector Fajardo, vice president of the American Federation of Transport (Fecatrans) noted that despite contingency plan established by Salvadoran authorities, large rows of trucks at border crossings remain, causing economic losses.
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The Ministry of Finance’s customs and administrative services have been re-established and imports and exports are being processed normally.
The strike held last week has generated millions in losses not only for the country’s trade but throughout the region.
This morning the resumption of activities was reported at various border points such as Anguiatú and San Cristobal, Santa Ana and El Amatillo, in La Union.
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.
Representatives from the freight union are analyzing re routing trucks so that they do not have to cross El Salvador in order to reach the rest of the region, instead crossing at the border of Agua Caliente, Chiquimula, into Honduras.
Officials at the Ministry of Finance and Customs have kept customs offices at a standstill for the third day running.
Business groups are concerned about the extent of the emergency measure which has generated large economic losses for businesses.
Laprensagrafica.com reports, "At the customs border posts of El Poy, El Amatillo, The Chinamas and The Hachadura, staff of the National Civil Police (PNC) was deployed during the morning to streamline administrative processes and prevent transit through them being further affected.
A feasibility study has been started on a freight system between the Pacific ports of the region using shallow draft boats.
Launched six years ago, the project has now been reactivated in response to the need to seek alternatives to the increase in freight rates.
The goal is "to accelerate intraregional trade, by eliminating the passing through customs, as happens with land transport."