Guatemala: Car Imports up 20%

Between January and June this year 43,975 new and used units were imported, which is about 7,509 more than in the same period in 2013.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Imports of used cars grew by 24% going from 24,613 in the first six months of 2013 to 30,567 in the first half of this year, according to figures from the Superintendency of Tax Administration.

Nelson Escalante, secretary of the Union of Importers of used vehicles, told that "... this behavior is due to the fact that the Constitutional Court (CC) annulled paragraph 110 of Decree 10-2012, which prohibited the import of light vehicles over 10 years old. "

"...In the case of new vehicles there is also a recovery of 12% and in the first six months of this year 13,408 have been nationalized , which means an increase of 525 thousand units. In contrast, in the first half of 2013 11,883 cars were imported, which represents a drop of 19% compared with 2012. "

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