Guatemala Approves New Fertilizer Regulations

After eight months of legal limbo, the Ministry of Agriculture issued a new regulation.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The regulation goes into effect on December 14th and restates registration of new products and companies, as wells as renewals of licenses.

Prensalibre.com includes some aspects of the new rules:

There are three types of registration: fertilizers, amendments and related substances.

-Obligation to label on the package, detailing content of the product and specify whether it is fertilizer, amendment or related substance, otherwise MAGA will not allow it.

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Guatemala Requres Agrochemicals Regulation Urgently

November 2010

Companies asked Congress to streamline regulations governing the commercialization of their products.

The lack of regulation means many companies cannot renew the registration of their legal entities or their products.

This problem arose when the Constitutional Court suspended the agreement of the Ministry of Agriculture 127-2009, regulating imports, exports and registration of companies, fertilizer and agrochemical materials as well as registration of renewals.

Guatemala May Face Fertilizer Shortage

October 2010

The absence of import regulations, products and company registration could create the shortage.

This was acknowledged by the Ministry of Agriculture in Guatemala, responsible for issuing the new regulations.

An article in the Free Press website states, "The problem started six months ago, when the Constitutional Court suspended the agreement 127-2009 of the Ministry of Agriculture, regulating imports, exports and registration of companies, fertilizer and agrochemicals as well as renewals registration.”

Guatemala Resumes Fertilizer Imports

April 2010

Through a ministerial agreement, the Agriculture Ministry has temporarily resumed fertilizer imports.

A ministry spokesperson explained that the agreement could be published on the official government newspaper as early as today, after which it would become active.

“127-2009, the previous agreement regulating fertilizer imports, exports and registration, was suspended by the Constitutional Court (CC) on December, but this decision only came into effect yesterday, after it was published on the government newspaper”, reported Prensalibre.com.

Guatemala Unable to Commercialize Fertilizers

April 2010

From today onwards the country has no regulation to register, import or export fertilizer or similar products.

This situation arises as the Constitutional Court suspended regulation 127-2009 of the Agriculture Ministry.

Representatives from chemical unions and associations urged the Ministry to issue new regulation to reestablish commerce of fertilizers and related goods.

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