Action Against Smuggling Demanded

Businesses in Guatemala have suggested creating an anti-smuggling unit made up of the Public Ministry and the National Civil Police Force.

Friday, May 25, 2012

The members of the Chamber of Industry of Guatemala (CIG) proposed to the Vice President Roxana Baldetti that a series of measures be taken to combat smuggling, which is affecting trade.

An important proposal is to create anti-smuggling unit made up of the Public Ministry and the National Civil Police.

"Among other proposals is a unit against customs fraud as well as inspection agencies in the Ministries of Health, Mining and Agriculture. They also asked that seized goods be destroyed and that the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) join the efforts," reported

Baldetti said he is seeking U.S. support in order to provide to Customs with a high-tech system.

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