Guatemala: Procedures for Registering as an Importer

Steps to be taken and documents to be submitted for the registration of importers in the Superintendency of Tax Administration of Guatemala.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

From a statement issued by the Tax Authority of Guatemala (SAT):

Requirements and steps to be taken for importer registration:

* Possess Tax Identification Number (NIT by its initials in Spanish)
* Have at least one business which is affiliated with tax payments
* Commercial Patent must specify what kind of items are imported
* INTERNET access (not essential, importers may go to agencies or the Tax Offices of the SAT)
* BancaSAT adhesion contract with a bank in the system

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From a statement issued by the Panamanian Authority for Food Safety:

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