Guatemalan Businessmen Demand Action Against Smuggling

Business sectors are demanding greater action against a crime which generates losses of $1,280 million annually for the treasury.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The results of seven months of work by the National Commission for the prevention of Customs Fraud and Smuggling (Conacon) have not met business expectations.

In the case of fuels, the Chamber of Industry of Guatemala (CIG) estimates that about 200,000 gallons come into the country daily from Mexico.

"According to the executive director of the IGC, Javier Zepeda, the information presented is not new and the Commission, although well-intentioned, lacks coordination, principally between the Public Ministry (MP) and the Ministry of Interior." Many times there has been a political will to address the issue, however they hide behind the excuse of lack of a budget. But this government has the most income of any, and has got us into the most debt has had the worse results of all", he said to cnn.com.gt



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