Guatemala: Effects of Customs Act Analyzed

A two month exemption from fines resulting from the application of the new law is one of the issues being debated by government and business representatives.

Friday, March 16, 2012

The Tax Authority (SAT in Spanish), customs brokers, the business community and carriers are awaiting on Friday March 16th the president's decision to issue a decree for a two month exemption from fines resulting from violations of the newly enforced Customs Act.

On Thursday the private sector and government officials discussed "the operations of couriers, the warranty insurance on trade tax that importers must purchase for the transfer of goods within the country and the fines that users must pay in case of violating the Customs Law," reported

If the executive order is approved, the SAT will then refine administrative procedures relating to the regulation of customs legislation and finish training its staff and informing taxpayers and users.

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