A pilot plan is being prepared for the exchange of information on sanitary and phytosanitary permits through the PSCs for exports from both countries.
Elperiodico.com.gt explains that"...The procedure, which would not generate any additional cost,will allow paperwork done by a Guatemalan exporter to be transmitted electronically, sending a notification to Mexico, so that the authorities can be satisfied of the origin and compliance with the required permits for entry of merchandise."
The 'Ventanilla Única para las Exportaciones' or VUPE and the Regímenes de Perfeccionamiento Activo or OPA, have launched a new unified website.
From a press release by the Guatemalan Association of Exports (AGEXPORT):
In order to offer exporters and the general public ease in obtaining information relating to the export sector, the Ventanilla Única para las Exportaciones -VUPE- and the Oficina de Regímenes de Perfeccionamiento Activo -OPA-have launched a new unified website which provides the following features:
Exporters can find documents such as daily checking and re-entry, affidavits, bond insurance, exporter update codes, among others.
From a press release issued by the Guatemalan Association of Exporters (AGEXPORT):
With the aim of providing a query tool which facilitates obtaining documents required by exporters the VUPE-OPA Virtual Library, also known as e-Docs has been implemented. This system will provide a reliable way to consult and download documents in digital format (PDF) which have already been processed by the OPA and VUPE and which will be of great benefit to the environment.
Representatives of public and private sectors in Guatemala are demanding the creation of a single process for import procedures, similar to that for exports.
Siglo21.com.gt notes that since in the country the “Ventanilla Unica” (single counter), also known as (VUPE) only works for exports, the director of Exporter Services, of the Guatemalan Association of Exporters (Agexport), Fernando Herrera, said there is a need to "create an Import Counter".
Nicaraguan industrialists have asked the Government to reduce the red tape involved in the establishment and operation of a business.
Mario Amador, president of the Chamber of Industry of Nicaragua (Cadin) believes that although there have been advances, such as the creation of the One Stop Investment Center for Exports (Cetrex), much remains be done.
Poor roads and complex bureaucracy reduce the markets in Central American cities.
The term “local market” was created in China to refer to the consumers which can be reached in eight hours in a truck loaded with products, including all the paperwork necessary.
According to an article by Louisa Reynolds on Elperiodico.com.gt, under this definition, the “local market” of Guatemala City includes San Salvador, but not other important cities like San Pedro Sula and Tegucigalpa (which take 12-14 hours to reach), Managua (18 hours) and San Jose (26 hours).
The Guatemalan Exporters Association is a private non-profit entity, established in 1982; that represents, promotes and develops non traditional exports of Guatemalan companies.
Operates in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Guatemala
Phone: (502) 2422-3400
As part of the Agritrade Platform, Guatemala will participate for the 27th time in PMA Fresh Summit, the most important international trade show and convention of fruits and vegetables in the United States, which will take place at Anaheim Convention Center, California from October 17th to 19th.
ATS El Salvador is a Customs Agency with 26 years of providing services for imports, exports, transits, consultancies and international transport.
Operates in El Salvador
Phone: (503) 2235 6522 - (503) 2235 6524