Honduras is Now Part of the Customs Union

The agreement allows the free movement of some 6,200 products, 94% of the trade between the three countries involved, Guatemala, El Salvador and now Honduras.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

The three nations have almost 70% of the trade within the region, which in 2008 reached $6.4 billion.

Laprensahan.com published: "The agreement excludes the trade of sugar, unroasted and roasted coffee, petroleum products, alcohol and distilled alcoholic beverages due to the countries’ protective measures, officials said."

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Free Movement of Goods Between Honduras and Guatemala

February 2015

The agreement between the two governments states that as of December 15, 2015 customs offices at common borders will suspend their tax functions and allow the free movement of goods and people.

From a statement issued by the Government of Guatemala:

64 years after having started the process of Central American integration, the presidents of Guatemala, Otto Pérez Molina, and Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernandez, signed a historic agreement for a customs union between the two nations today, from which it is expected that economic growth of 15% will be produced in the short term. The agreement aims to eliminate the three land crossings on the borders of the two countries.

Technical Advances in Customs Union

August 2012

The first round of negotiations of the Second Semester of Customs Union ended last August 24 in Nicaragua having made significant progress.

From Diario de Central America:

The technical negotiators have concluded revision of the Central American Technical Regulation (RTCA) for labeling of distilled spirits and registration requirements for microbial pesticides for agricultural use, which have been passed on for resolution by the Council of Ministers of Economic Integration (Comieco). Negotiations will continue for the rest of subgroups via videoconferences and the necessary consultations made with stakeholders in each case.

Nicaragua Joins Central American Customs Union

September 2009

Next Friday Nicaragua will join the Customs Union, whose current members are El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

Haroldo Rodas, Guatemalan Chancellor, remarked that Nicaragua's adhesion to the Union will foster trade between the countries of the region, and improve the environment for negotiating the Association Agreement with the European Union.

Free movement of goods between El Salvador and Guatemala

January 2009

Starting next week both countries will eliminate their borders to allow for the movement of merchandise and people, as a part of the integration process.

Elnuevodiario.com.ni reports: "Both countries "will declare the territories free for the movement of people and merchandise" in order to create a joint customs, said Antonio Saca, in the presence of his counterparts from Central America.

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