The Cuscatlan Plan of the Central Government focuses its efforts on a new Governance, establishing 8 Work Teams, among which is Team 7 “Promotion and Public Works” with 5 main purposes: Infrastructure, Education, Health, Sports and Culture.
On the subject of Infrastructure, 9 main axes were established, Axis 4 is about the Ports, Airports and Railways, where it corresponds to CEPA to contribute with strategic assets and its competencies to facilitate foreign trade.
CEPA framed in the Cuscatlan Plan,
establishes its planning and connectivity as one of its main bets to help strengthen imports and exports that move by land.
Implementing a Multimodal Ferry service is key and strategic to strengthen the commercial exchange from and to South America, in a connection between the Union Port, in El Salvador and the Caldera Port in Costa Rica. There are also plans to expand coverage to Panama.
The implementation and operation of the Multimodal Ferry between El Salvador and Costa Rica, consists of providing this daily service through a ship with the capacity to mobilize 100 vehicles between trailers and / or cargo trucks and 100 motorists and / or passengers.
With this project, it is expected to have an alternative route to speed up the exchange of imports and exports between the two countries, without having limitations due to socio-political conflicts.
It will also strengthen the health security of people who move between land points. When the multimodal ferry project enters into operation, the crossing of borders will be reduced and it will become an essential strategy to avoid more infections by COVID-19.
The cargo will be transported in a safer way. Traffic accidents and robberies will be avoided, sources of contagion will be reduced, time will be saved by avoiding paperwork through land borders, and this will allow drivers to have other conditions of safety and comfort, compared to driving long distances on the road network from Costa Rica to El Salvador, or vice versa. Likewise, the depreciation costs of the land transport method will be reduced, it will lead to the reduction of damage to goods, in addition, it will contribute to a lower environmental impact caused by the emission of gases from cargo trucks or trailers.
The cargo will be transported in a safer way. Traffic accidents and robberies will be avoided, sources of contagion will be reduced, time will be saved by avoiding paperwork through land borders and this will allow better conditions for motorists in terms of safety and comfort, compared to driving long distances in the road network from Costa Rica to El Salvador, or vice versa. Likewise, depreciation costs of trailers or cargo trucks will be reduced, it will prevent damage to goods, in addition to the environmental impact caused by the emission of gases from cargo trucks or trailers.
See the full document at the following link: http://www.cepa.gob.sv/?wpdmdl=5702
The Ferry will be managed by CEPA.
From the signing of the “Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the Republic of El Salvador and the Government of the Republic of Costa Rica on Binational Cooperation to Implement the Short Distance Maritime Transport Initiative”, carried out on September 1st, 2020. In the year 2021, the date of the start of operations of the Multimodal Ferry will be announced on the Caldera Port – Union Port route.
The creation of this new trade route is a commitment assumed by the Heads of State of Costa Rica, Mr. Carlos Alvarado, and of El Salvador, Mr. Nayib Bukele.