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El Salvador: $160 Million in Losses in Ongoing Customs Strike

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A strike by employees of the Ministry of Finance at Customs which has gripped El Salvador for nearly a week has caused losses in excess of $160 million to Salvadorans. So far, there is no negotiation between the tax authorities and the labor union.

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El Salvador Could Suffer Food Shortage by Closing Customs

The strike by employees of the Ministry of Finance Customs paralyzing El Salvador for almost a week has caused losses in excess of $ 160 million Salvadorans several economic sectors and neighboring countries. According to various sources today said the closure could lead to shortages of food in the country.

The strike of about 5,000 trucks in the six land customs of El Salvador had thrown losses for three million dollars as of yesterday, told Efe a spokesman for the Salvadoran Association of Freight Forwarding Business (ASETCA).

He explained that each truck is $ 100 a day on food, salary and other payments to drivers, adding half a million dollars a day and three million since the strike began, on Tuesday, June 26, until yesterday.

Losses of various industries and other companies came to $ 160 million through Friday, local media said the president of the Salvadoran Association of Industrialists (ASI), Javier Siman.

The leader warned that some companies, especially plastics and textiles, could stop work and terminate workers because their raw materials can not enter to El Salvador.

In addition, El Salvador could suffer shortages of food and other consumer products from neighboring countries, according Siman.

Employees of the Ministry of Finance, whose strike paralyzed the land customs, air and sea of ​​El Salvador, demanding payment of a bonus totaling $ 2.9 million.

So far, there is no negotiation between the tax authorities and the labor union. The strike affects the Ministry’s offices in San Salvador, the four land customs of El Salvador with Guatemala and Honduras both with and the international airport and the ports of Acajutla and Cutuco, both in the Pacific.

The trade by land of El Salvador with countries like Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama is also affected by the strike, because the trucks must pass through Guatemala in the first case and Honduras in the other three.

Salvadoran police last week deployed about 500 troops in the land customs, where in some cases replaced the strikers and allowed the passage of dozens of trucks with temporary documentation as it was fruitless.

The strikers cleared over the weekend for a few hours, the output of most trailer through an agreement with the ASETCA, which “did not improve the situation because the saturation (truck) is too much”, she said guild spokesman carriers.

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