Representatives of Central-American chambers of commerce gathered this weekend in Chiapas, México, to discuss new ways to trade, to decide how to strengthen the regional economy, and to complain about the smuggling of goods across the border between Guatemala and Mexico. These individuals consider contraband goods to be unfair competition, because those involved profit by avoiding taxes at customs and regulatory burdens.
Trade agreements set the standards for legal commerce between countries. However, the countering concern is that chambers of commerce and government officials define agreements to benefit themselves and the politically connected. In so doing, they make commerce criminals of most freelance traders in Central America and Mexico.
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