Business Optimism in Guatemala with Funes

Guatemalan business leaders are optimistic about the election of the new president of El Salvador.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

La Prensa Libre of Guatemala published the comments of several business leaders about future trade relations with El Salvador, which accounted for $973 million in exports and $692 million in imports in 2008.

According to what the newspaper published, entrepreneurs are confident that “...there will be a continuation of processes such as the customs union and the encouragement of imports and exports between Guatemala and El Salvador, which is the second largest trading partner."

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Guatemala: Call for Suspension of Customs Law

March 2012

The American Guatemalan Chamber of Commerce noted that the implementation of the Act without the respective regulations is confusing, taking away transparency in the system and increasing costs.

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Guatemalan Exports to the U.S. Up 18%

May 2010

In the first quarter of 2010, exports grew 18% when compared to the same period of 2009.

Data from the U.S. Commerce Department shows that Guatemalan imports also increased 9%.

Carolina Castellanos, head of AmCham, the Guatemalan-American Chamber of Commerce, explained that the leader of this rebound was the textile industry, which had “fallen to the ground” in 2009, reported

Foreign Investment Falls 7.2% in Guatemala

June 2009

$631 million have entered the country between January and June, 7.2% less than the $680 million during the same period in 2008.

Business Chamber Directors blame the decrease on a reduction of liquidity globally and a deterioration of the image of the country caused by the lack of security.

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