Deadline for Environmental Compliance Extended

Until December 16, 2022, businesses in Guatemala will have to comply with the rules contained in the Regulations for Environmental Evaluation, Control and Monitoring.

Monday, January 20, 2020

The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN) reported that after the publication of Government Agreement 317-2019 on December 24, 2019 in the Central American Journal, which reforms Government Agreement 137-2016, the period was extended by three years so that all projects, works, industries or productive activities present their respective environmental instruments in order to function.

See "Guatemala: Deadline to Comply with Environmental Standards"

Regarding the doubts that exist about the activities that must be regularized by means of the required Environmental Diagnosis, Daniel Garcia, Political Environmental Advisor of the Chamber of Industry of Guatemala (CIG), told that "... all productive activity must comply with these requirements, both industries, businesses, projects, offices, including professionals, technicians and tradesmen who provide their services and have an office outside their home, whether individual, in society, coworking or semi-virtual."

Garcia added that "... This registration should be made no matter if the activities are carried out by companies, businesses, individuals or in society, and if it is industry, commerce or service. This includes churches, some medical clinics, commercial premises including shops and grocery stores, coffee shops from 0 to 10 tables, kiosks, billboards that are not large, among others."

According to the regulations the fine is still between $650 and $13 thousand, but if a business is regularized it will only have to pay $650.

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