Europeans Criticize Customs Management in Guatemala

European business people have criticised errors made by customs officials in implementing the terms of the Association Agreement.

Friday, March 7, 2014

After three months of the entry into force of the Association Agreement between Central America and the European Union, a lack of knowledge on the part of customs authorities has complicated the implementation of the trade agreement, as explained by the Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Spain (CAMACOES) Italy (Camcig) and Germany.

Silvia Tamayac, manager at CAMACOES said: "There is too much ignorance of the regulations by the customs people, there are still many points they are not very clear on, there are technical differences that affect the development of the agreement, in addition, there are a lot of setbacks which translate into rising costs. "

"The average backlog of containers is two to three weeks, and in some cases up to a month, which increases costs especially in refrigerated products."

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