AEO Program in Guatemala

The Customs Directorate is calling on companies involved in foreign trade to take part in the AEO Programme.

Friday, April 26, 2013

The Customs Directorate is inviting producers, importers, exporters, carriers, customs agents, bonded warehouses, Consolidated / deconsolidated companies, courier companies, free zones and ports, to form part of the AEO Program of Guatemala, which strikes a balance between security and facilitation of international trade, through a strategic alliance between the Customs Administration, the Tax Authority and the different participants in the supply chain.

Among the advantages that this program offers are:

1. The prestige of the organization nationally and internationally;
2. The rapid movement of low-risk cargo through customs;
3. Better security levels;
4. Reducing costs in the supply chain;
5. Greater trade opportunities;
6. Better understanding of customs requirements;
7. Better communication between supply chain participants who are OAS members and the Guatemalan customs offices.
8.Possibility of being recognized as an AEO by the customs offices in other countries.

The program does not generate costs in the process of orientation, evaluation, authorization and monitoring by the Customs Directorate of the Tax Authority.

Interested parties can contact us by telephone on 23297070, extensions 1326 and 1327 or email at

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