Guatemala: New Transportation Act

The government and heavy haulers will hold talks to address issues in the sector and plan out the new regulations.  

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

From a press release issued by the Government of Guatemala:

The president of Guatemala, Otto Perez Molina, and heavy haulers agreed on Tuesday during a meeting held in the presidential palace, to set up a working group to address issues of interest, including the presentation of a new Transportation Act.

Julio Juarez, representative of the International Transporters Association, said the president reviewed all the requests that were made and based on this it was decided to implement a working group to address issues of concern to the owners of companies who transport goods and products.

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