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Free-trade zone opportunities expand in El Salvador

By Eproint - 25/02/2021

According to the Chamber of Textile, Clothing and Free Trade Zone Industries (CAMTEX) of El Salvador, local and international business groups with participation and interest in the country’s free-trade zones (FTZ) have plans to expand their operations or create new areas.

Mauricio Rodríguez, manager of CAMTEX's technical and commercial department, explained to El Economista that El Salvador still has geographical capacity to add new FTZs, specially in a post COVID-19 economic environment were working in tools to attract investments will play even a major role in developing countries. “We talked with several companies and businessmen who are looking for new investments. Some of them are evaluating the possibility of creating new free-trade zones. Local players are asking and offering their clients about the geographical space they need so that they do not have to analyze other countries in the region," Rodríguez said.

CAMTEX, through the members of its Board of Directors and the work of committees that have been integrated, seeks to promote the development of the industry, promoting innovation and reconversion of processes and market niches with greater added value that allow us to stand out in the difficult world of the textile and clothing industry.

Rodríguez also pointed out that, to speed-up the needs and intentions of private companies of the textile and clothing industry, changes in customs legislation are required to improve flexibility and agility in the movement of goods and transform the country into an e-commerce regional hub.

El Salvador has developed free trade zones and service parks designed for companies involved in the export of goods and services worldwide. These industrial spaces provide companies the necessary services to operate efficiently: a customs clearing office, advisory services and staff recruitment, perimeter security, fire protection systems, wastewater treatment, telecommunications infrastructure, outdoor lighting, cafeteria, a training center and a medical clinic, among others.


There are 17 free trade zones in El Salvador, five of which also function as service parks. These industrial zones stand out due to their strategic location and ease of access to competitive infrastructure: they are near the capital and other major cities, and close to high level highways, airports and ports. 

By Eproint - 25/02/2021
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