AEO in Guatemala

Companies which are certified as Authorized Economic Operators will be able to reduce paperwork times and have priority at customs.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

In order to access this certification interested companies must be up to date with tax and customs payments, tax requirements, and review legal and administrative processes, industrial safety and human resources. The cost of certification varies according to the processes which need to be improved. reports that "... Certification is offered in Guatemala by customs, but with the support of the World Customs Organization and the World Trade Organization. "" ... export processes for become less torturous. "

Victor Perez, a representative from the national AEO program, added "... In Guatemala there are six certified companies. a is a customs agent, a bonded warehouse, two importers of medicines, an exporter of cosmetics and a seaport "

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