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Guatemala Customs at El Salvador Border Closed by Protestors

Article Summary:

Customs providers of Guatemala’s transport sector are irate over rising transport fees and impending fines associated with Guatemala’s new tax law, enough so they have effectively closed the border with El Salvador.

Original Article Text From Prensa Grafica via Google Translate :

Customs Strike In Guatemala Affects Country

The closure of the offices of Tecum Uman and Pedro de Alvarado in Guatemala, since last Monday over concerns cargo and, therefore, regional trade, said yesterday Nelson Vanegas, president of the Salvadoran Association of Employers of Transportation Cargo (ASETCA).

Providers of customs agencies of Guatemala pushed the measure to protest the implementation of the Law on Tax Update, which imposes fines up to $ 1,000 for customs violations, said Raul Alfaro, president of the Salvadoran Association International Carrier Cargo (ASTIC) .

The unions hope that the deadlock with the Tax Authority (SAT) will be resolved soon because a route change means more miles and fuel costs at a time when the sector is facing increases in operating costs by rising diesel.

“We are against any action that creates an obstacle to the transfer of goods at borders. This hurts all regional trade, “he said Vanegas.

For now, nor have ASTIC ASETCA or calculating losses due to the blockade.

“Being unemployed three days grace is no border,” said Raul Alfaro.

Faced with the problem, the Directorate General of Customs (DGA) asked the carriers to use the offices of San Cristobal, Anguiatú and The Chinamas.

However, the bridge of the latter does not support the passage of trucks over eight tons, so the recommended ASETCA only vehicle crossing gaps.

The strike could end tomorrow.

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