Customs Duties on Imports from Europe

There is a requirement to avoid duplicate collection of customs duties levied on imports in order to meet the provisions of the trade pact with the European Union.

Monday, September 10, 2012

The commissioner of Customs at the Superintendency of Tax Administration (SAT) in Guatemala, Oscar Funes, referred to the commitments made by the region in the signing of the Association Agreement between Central America and the European Union, signed on 29 June.

"... The first of these commitments is not to double charge DAI (Customs duties on imports) on products originating from the European Union (EU) for Central American market.
For first commitment, it is not necessary to modify the customs laws of each country, instead all that is needed is a mechanism called Return of DAI, which must be established and approved by a resolution of the Council of Ministers of Economy of Central America (Comieco).

As a second commitment, there should be a single declaration: "If you go to El Salvador you file one declaration, in Guatemala it is another, and so on in each country, but now the intention is that the same document will provide a regional declaration’” according to an article in

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Tax Rebate Agreement with EU  

October 2014

The Council of Ministers of Economic Integration of Central America has until November to ratify the tax refund mechanisms governing the import of European goods.

The entire Central American region must have the same system of tax refunds on Import Customs Duties (DAI) from August 1, 2015, as established by the Association Agreement (AA) between Central America and the European Union (EU).

Single Declaration Form for Central American Customs

May 2013

Preparations are being made for a single form that will streamline customs trade ahead of the entry into force of the Association Agreement between Central America and the European Union.

According to the president of the Superior Council of Private Enterprise (Cosep), Joseph Adam Aguerri, already working on this issue are the Central American Integration System (SICA), and the Secretariat of Central American Economic Integration (SIEC). They are working "on a unified customs document that aims to concentrate all imports and exports," added Aguerri.

Europe Does Not Require Customs Interconnection

July 2011

The Association Agreement between the region and the EU will start without having completed the process of a customs union, and without having created a common tariff.

This is what officials declared at the European Union Trade Commission, "there are marked differences between the Central American nations that can not be dissolved by sheer force, because they have come about by historic events."

EU-Central American trade talks enter fourth round

July 2008

The European Union and the Central American nations today began their fourth round of negotiations aimed at reaching an agreement of association and free trade in 2009.

The EU and Central America have had an association agreement since 2003, but over the past year they have started talks aimed at deepening the relationship and setting up a free trade accord.

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