Guatemala-Honduras Customs Union

Both governments announced that they have signed an agreement to unify customs in order to expedite the transport of vehicles and people, with effect from 1 June.

Friday, February 20, 2015

With this agreement, it is expected that the border between the two nations will be fully liberated for both freight and passengers in December. Immigration procedures will be carried out online or in an office to be located near the border area.

Luis Castillo, Presidential Commissioner for Customs Union, told that "... The changes to completely free up passage between the two countries are based on requirements of the Association Agreement with Europe which took effect in November 2013. The changes will be staggered and for June 1 this year plans are to merge the two offices. "

Meanwhile, Maria Luisa Flores, Vice Minister of Foreign Trade, added "... It is estimated that every day about 90 containers go from Guatemala to Honduras, therefore unification would mean a reduction in logistics costs for products. "

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