Guatemala: Act on Agile Import Counter to be Modified

Pressures on the customs sector have ensured that the ruling includes its recommendations, diluting the threat of strikes in customs offices.

Friday, March 7, 2014

The bill on the Agile Import Counter (VAI by its initials in Spanish) is looking for approval in Congress after the approval of resolutions. The union is expecting the promises it was made to be fulfilled.

The Corporation of Guatemala Customs Agents (CAAG) reported that, "the Presidential Commissioner Juan Carlos Paiz, will be responsible for making changes to the initiative of the respective law and submitting them to Congress no later than Monday March 10. "

The CAAG announces that "On Wednesday 12 March, they will be submitted to the Economic Committee to ensure this is done, in the case that it isnt, we send out notifications to effect a strike in transmissions at Customs Declarations offices (DUAS)."

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Guatemala: Customs Offices Threaten to Stop Work

February 2014

They are opposing the Agile Import Window to be implemented if the law on competitiveness and productivity is approved.

The Corporation of Guatemalan Customs Agents (CAAG) and the Association of International Carriers oppose the Agile Import Window (VAI by is initials in Spanish) to be implemented if the Productivity and Competitiveness Act is approved.

Guatemala Approves Revised Customs Law

October 2013

The aim of the new rule is to prevent bias in the interpretation of the Act and the application of sanctions.

From a press release issued by the Congress of Guatemala:

With the main purpose of overcoming the difficulties in foreign trade and generating greater competitiveness, agility, controls, service improvement and increased social benefit, the National Assembly has passed decree 14-2013, National Customs Act in one discussion and with the status of national emergency.

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