Contraband Continues to Afflict Companies in Guatemala

Businesses are asking the Executive to reactivate the National Commission against Smuggling to protect issues such as competitiveness, intellectual property rights and the rights of consumers and entrepreneurs.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

When the criminal customs fraud structure in Guatemala known as La Linea fell, the National Commission Against Contraband (Conacon) ceased to be operational. For this reason, representatives of the Coordinating Committee of Agricultural, Commercial, Industrial and Financial Associations (CACIF) met with the President and Vice President, Jimmy Morales and Jafeth Cabrera, in order to revive the entity, reported

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"... Abel Cruz, Deputy Minister of Investment and Competition at the Ministry of Economy, supports the reinstatement of this entity that allows a comprehensive fight to be made against smuggling and fraud. He said that the ministry itself should contribute on issues related to competitiveness, intellectual property and the rights of consumers and employers, who are affected by these practices."

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"... According to Javier Zepeda, executive director of the Chamber of Industry, there is a need to recover an institution that brings together the private sector and the Government to combat smuggling. They are waiting for a decision to be made in the coming weeks. The commission was led and chaired by former Vice President Roxana Baldetti. After revealing the case of La Linea, the institution began to weaken. "

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