It may be the smallest country in Central America, but El Salvador, with its 6.7 million inhabitants is one of the most densely populated ones, an emergent economy charting the course to be the strongest in the region. And with seamless logistics services, companies like ECU Worldwide are helping businesses grow, expand and contribute to progress.
El Salvador, a country that offers incredible tourism experiences, varied gastronomy and a diverse range of climates, has great potential to boost economic growth.
The country’s strategic location with access to many markets, a growing workforce and a strong industrial base have the potential to support the expansion of the commercial sector for stronger and more inclusive growth. It is no surprise then that ECU Worldwide, the global leader in LCL consolidation has long since established a strong presence in the region, celebrating 25 glorious years of success in El Salvador this year!
Leveraging the strength of the ‘North Triangle’
The geographical position of El Salvador is such that it forms natural borders with three countries in the region (Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua). This is named ‘North Triangle’ and creates significant efficiencies for business.
The country has special treaties with the entire region as well as different countries around the globe. Additionally, it is also a natural hub for air, maritime and land traffic. As the country’s Customs has simplified procedures, transportation is more efficient and eases the traffic of merchandise in transit to the region.
“El Salvador is a country with global aspirations and a drive to move forward. So a logistics partner like ECU Worldwide that operates in more than 180 countries and offers services across over 2400 trade lanes, is just what the industry needs. El Salvador’s ‘Low Risk’ classification for local customs makes it a strategic choice for many businesses and to ship cargo around the world, they count on ECU Worldwide El Salvador’s digitally-enabled, reliable connectivity not just into Central America and its surrounding region, but to almost any corner of the globe”, says William Martinez, Country Manager, ECU Worldwide El Salvador.
Logistics and industries that bridge the world
What drives logistics ahead in El Salvador is the infrastructure of roads, ports, and airports, as also the focus on specific industries like apparel, technology, and coffee production (others being balsam, fruits, and nostalgic products). The country’s infrastructure development is focused on making it the logistics corridor of Central America and a vital gateway between North and South America.
Apparel is among the most booming industries in the country and is a part of the global business supply chains of most leading brands and trademarks. Medicaments, technology, etc. are some other industries creating opportunities for transportation and logistics.
ECU Worldwide El Salvador is well-equipped to be a strategic partner and support entrepreneurs as well as freight forwarders with a wide range of logistics services. Its export services via Miami extend to 290 countries along with import consolidation as well as FCL, air freight and specialised services for overweight and oversized cargo as per customer requirements. Its principal and direct import trade lanes are Miami, Busan, Panama, Mexico, and Costa Rica.
Acajutla is the main port into the Pacific Ocean and operations of Atlantic routes are carried out through Guatemala which is also an important part of the ECU Worldwide network. This allows for shorter transit times and more efficient operations.
El Salvador’s infrastructure is one of the most modern in the region owing to the modernization of access points – roads, airports and ports – taken up after signing of the peace accords. With the country looking ahead to developing into a logistics hub for the region and the world, ECU Worldwide El Salvador can explore a plethora of possibilities to provide fast, efficient and convenient global cargo movements to its valued customers and partners.
A number of value-added services including door-to-door deliveries, pick-ups, insurance cargo, armed security to door deliveries and pick-ups, customs clearance and many more help ECU Worldwide El Salvador bolster businesses to seamlessly transport shipments to global destinations.
Leading the way with digitalization and customer centricity
In order to continue being a force to reckon with in the market, ECU Worldwide El Salvador follows an approach of detail-oriented action and constant enhancement of efficiencies in business processes and operations.
Whether it is striding ahead of competition or navigating through the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, any and every strategic decision is taken with a ‘customer first’ perspective. Even in trying times, the team has ensured adherence to timelines, effective management of documentation, payments and other formalities with existing stakeholders, as well as successful on-boarding of new customers.
Additionally, being backed by robust digital technology and tools like ECU360, a state-of-the-art platform that allows customers to conveniently conduct business 24×7 and ship with just a click enables ECU Worldwide El Salvador to keep pace with the digital transformation.
Providing immediate and proactive support, timely information and keeping up the positive spirit to keep growing despite challenges makes the team at ECU Worldwide El Salvador truly ‘Great People to Move With!’