The Salvadoran Government, through the Autonomous Executive Port Commission (CEPA), the General Directorate of Customs (DGA) and the Vice Ministry of Transportation (VMT), yesterday inaugurated the Preport and access number 1 of the Port of Acajutla, in Sonsonate. The investment for these works is $4.3 million, which are accompanied by the phase two container yard expansion project, the first stone of which will be laid in the coming days.
These works are intended to develop the logistics platform for port mobility and enhance cargo capacity. This would allow El Salvador to become a Regional Logistics Center, aimed at the economic development of the country.
CEPA reported that the Preport has an area of 21,550 square meters (m2), where a parking lot for 60 cargo trucks and a user service office were built to generate the documentation inherent to CEPA, for import operations, export and transit of containers.
As Federico Anliker, president of CEPA, explained, the new infrastructure has a loudspeaker system, 38 security cameras, 2 vehicular access bridges, a security control booth and others.
“With this modernization work, we have increased the efficiency of the entry flows for loading and removing containers, thus reducing waiting times”Anliker assured.
At the same time, he explained that in Access 1, which was built in two stages, offices were adapted and installed where personnel from his institution, the DGA and the National Police (PNC) are located, for the attention of motorists, as well as to order the circulation of transport, since the entry and exit lanes are delimited for greater fluidity.
At the inauguration of the Preport and access 1 to the port of Acajutla, the general director of Customs, Samadhy Martínez, and the executive director of the National Anti-Drug Commission, Eduardo Loyola, were also present.
According to the authorities, the execution of both projects directly benefits 170,000 people per year, between users and staff. While indirectly to more than 500,000 people related to the 2,000 importing and exporting companies that operate in the country.