Freight: Costarican Vehicle Restrictions

The Tax Administration of Guatemala has reported that it will be strengthening controls to detect cases that are not complying with the restrictions imposed on exports by land transport with Costa Rican registration or driver.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Ministerial Agreement number 681-2020 of the Ministry of Economy, whose compliance is mandatory since June 9, 2020, establishes that Costa Rican pilots and means of transport may only remain in Guatemalan territory for a maximum period of 5 days.

Although the restrictions have been in force for more than two months, the Superintendence of Tax Administration (SAT) informed the Guatemalan Association of Exporters (Agexport) that it will reinforce controls in the following days.

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From the press release of Agexport:

August 2020. To the companies that send or receive goods from Costa Rica and that use transport and/or pilots of Costa Rican nationality, we make an attentive reminder about the obligation to comply with the Ministerial Agreement number 681-2020 of the Ministry of Economy and with the Guidelines for the Entry of means of transport, pilots and goods from Costa Rica DG-IAD/DNO-ADU-GDE-58.

The following information is provided to facilitate the interpretation of the measures contained in these guidelines, compliance with which is mandatory as of June 9, 2020. Please take into account that SAT has informed us that in the coming days they will be reinforcing border controls to detect cases that are not complying with the measures, in particular for exports in means of transport with Costa Rican registration or pilot.

The restrictions apply only to:
* Costa Rican drivers
* Means of transport with CR code (Costa Rica) or Costa Rican registration (empty means of transport are not allowed).
* Goods transported by such means

Read full press release (in Spanish).



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