Guatemala May Face Fertilizer Shortage

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

Monday, October 18, 2010

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.”



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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.

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.

Bids for Fertilizer Tender

April 2012

Finally, four companies have submitted bids, with lower prices than the bids submitted in the original tender, which was annulled.

The minister, Efraín Medina, said the lowest price was Q114 million ($14,750,000) and noted that this time the amounts offered were lower than those in the first tender, reported elPeriodico.com.gt.

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