Guatemala Manages Entry into Force of EU Agreement

The country will ask the European Union to discuss the geographical designations in parallel so that the agreement can enter into force in December.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

This was explained by Estuardo Castillo, president of the Guatemalan Association of Exporters (Agexport), who added that "this is what Costa Rica did and there was a good result."

"... he also said that if that does not happen, it is possible to negotiate the extension of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP +), however, he said that with this system only 52% of the cuotas pay less taxes and quotas for sugar, shrimp , honey and agricultural products could be granted to other countries ", reported

"With the ADA 94% of domestic products are exempt from taxes," the official added. The GSP Plus expires on 31 December.

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Guatemala Exporters Without Certificates of Origin

December 2013

Of the 235 companies that export to Europe only 3 have completed the process for doing so using the benefits of the AA.  

"Companies must obtain a certificate from the Ministry of Economy to verify the designation of origin," said Fernando Herrera, director of export services to the Guatemalan Association of Exporters (Agexport).

Guatemala: New Delay for EU Agreement

October 2013

The delay is due the eight still unresolved oppositions filed by Italy, France and Spain in September related to Geographical Indications.

Sergio de la Torre, Guatemalan Economy Minister had announced that the agreement would take effect in November, however, everything seems to have be delayed by another month.

Guatemala: Ruse to Delay EU Agreement

September 2013

Foreign companies have objected to the registration of European GIs only 6 hours before reaching the deadline to do so.

From a statement by AGEXPORT:

AGEXPORT regrets that six hours before the deadline for the period of opposition to the registration of geographical indications, requested by Europe, foreign companies have raised objections.

Guatemala Could Enter AA with EU in November

September 2013

The country has fulfilled the last requirement which was pending, the registration of geographical indications, meaning that the Association Agreement could come into force in November.

The Ministry of Economy will notify on September 30 that it has complied with the ratification of the Association Agreement with the European Union and with the 60-day period required for amendments to the Law on Industrial Property related to geographical indications.

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