Guatemala: Customs Offices Threaten to Stop Work

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

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

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. Their representatives warn that if Congress discusses the bill, they will stop work in customs offices.

"One of the points of this initiative is the creation of the VAI, which will make about 10 thousand people unemployed. In addition, revenue will decrease rather than increase because the new rules encourage discretion," said the chief of the CAAG Victor Rivera.

"They are going to try to exhaust the dialogue and we will take this to the highest authorities. The waiting period is until March 1."

Meanwhile, Javier Zepeda, executive director of the Chamber of Industry, said "the window is a modern agile system which brings competitiveness and will not threaten customs."

According to the Ministry of Economy, "the VAI is a modern system, the result of a strategic partnership between 11 public and 3 private sector entities, which will reduce processing time from 17 to 7 days. It will benefit over 40,000 importers. "

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The controversy which arose in Guatemala over the proposed creation of the Agile Import Window (VAI by its initials in Spanish) is as old as the world.