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Accessibility and connectivity

Preferential access to international markets

El Salvador is an export platform to reach major markets thanks to the broad network of trade agreements with 42 countries in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Together they represent a potential market of 1.2 billion consumers. These agreements provide flexible rules of origin, and the elimination or major reductions in import tariffs.

Strategic Location

It takes a short flight (2-5 hours) from El Salvador International Airport to reach major cities in North and South America. El Salvador International Airport serves as the regional hub of Avianca Airlines. Cargo transportation also benefits by the country’s proximity to main maritime trade routes.

The country’s modern port and airport infrastructure allows manufacturing companies to carry out their logistical operations efficiently.

Likewise, in the context of international services, El Salvador is on U.S. Central Standard Time (CST, GMT -6). This makes El Salvador’s location ideal for offshore business services.

In El Salvador there are free zones designed for companies dedicated to the export of goods and the provision of international services.

These spaces provide companies with the necessary services to operate efficiently and allow them to enjoy attractive tax incentives (see section “Incentives and legal framework” for more details of these benefits).

These industrial zones stand out for their strategic location and easy access to competitive infrastructure: they are close to the capital and other major cities, and close to world-class land routes, airports and ports.

Modern infrastructure

The Global Competitiveness Report 2019 of the World Economic Forum (WEF) positions the country among the nations with the best infrastructure in the region. In Central America, it occupies the first position in road connectivity and the second position in infrastructure.

El Salvador provides an infrastructure designed for trade facilitation that goes beyond the interconnection of highways since it also makes important efforts to improve the border trade experience.

As part of the efforts to continue the development and strengthening of the national infrastructure for the facilitation of commercial exchange, the Government is working on the development of the Pacific Corridor that includes a ferry between El Salvador and Costa Rica, an airport in the eastern zone and a train that runs through the national territory.

Road network

The country has a modern and efficient road network that interconnects the main cities and offers easy and quick access to the rest of the region.

Among the main land routes are:

  • Pan-American Highway
  • Coastal Highway
  • Northern Longitudinal Highway
  • The high connectivity and quality of El Salvador’s road infrastructure facilitate the transport of goods between ports of departure and production centers.


In the country’s airport system, El Salvador International Airport stands out as an important regional hub and high-level maintenance center for commercial aircraft.