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El Salvador’s Dysfunctional Border Crossings Hinder Travel and Trade

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

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Original Article Text From Prensa Libre via Google Translate :

Employers, Concerned

As James Urrea, Salvadoran carrier, for two months in both border customs authorities implemented control mechanisms that cause delays.

On the side of Guatemala, one of the mechanisms is not permitted to use the free lane to pass vehicles empty.

The carrier said that another difficulty is that the system of both countries constantly interrupted and the establishment of the network takes several hours to reset.

During the visit, the system was discontinued and the delegation that came from El Salvador the country remained one hour behind the long lines of trucks.

“We lose two to three hours just for driving to the office and that translates into time and money,” said Urrea.

“These processes represent high costs for business and we wish to promote Central American customs integration,” said Manolo Pichardo, president of Parlacén.

Only yesterday, during the morning, 50 trucks each office, waiting their turn to pass in both directions.

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

Anaximando Ayerdi, the office manager Pedro de Alvarado, the Tax Authority, acknowledged the problems and said that working with the private sector to solve them.

“Sometimes a single truck stops the whole process over little things and that causes everyone who comes back unable to move, as there is adequate infrastructure to facilitate the movement,” said Fernando Herrera, director of the Guatemalan Association of Exporters .

He said three steps must be enabled as soon as possible to not stop regional trade. A single window for empty vehicles, one for and one for perishable goods, to speed up the pace.

To travel through Central America, a trailer is 18 kilometers per hour, he said.

In 2011, intraregional trade was over U.S. $ 7 billion, of which El Salvador and Guatemala exchanged more than $ 3 billion, he said.

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