The Free Port Regime in Guatemala

The current free port zone laws have been around for twenty years, and they are in urgent need of being modernized.

Monday, June 22, 2009


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Guatemala has a disadvantage among all the other countries in the region that offer free trade zones that are exempt from taxes, which is more attractive for foreign investment. They have tried to modernize this law, but they haven’t been able to.

Evelyn Boche writes, in her analysis on the subject in Sigloxxi.com,: “A few days ago, I witnessed how the Directors of Proexport, Colombia, the office in charge of promoting exports from Colombia to Guatemala, listed the modernization of the free ports system as one of the factors that attract and help increase foreign and local investment. The novelty of this is that the company itself is a free trade zone.”



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