Guatemala: Textile Industry Suffers Damages

The transfer of three Korean operations operating in the country and an uncertainty in fiscal terms for the new period, have kept the sector in suspense.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Historically Guatemala has been one of the most competitive countries in the textile industry, but the legislative backlog in extending incentives to maquila companies and free zones regimes, and the departure of three Korean companies in the country in the last year, have placed the sector in a state of uncertainty.

Added to this is the stagnation of projects such as the Investment and Employment Act, and the Emerging Act for the Conservation of Employment, both still in the legislative power.

Alejandro Ceballos, vice president of the Garment and Textiles Commission (Vestex), told Prensa Libre that Korean companies moved their operations in 2015 to countries such as Nicaragua, Haiti and Costa Rica.

And although the sector at the moment has no immediate closures planned because of this lack of regulations, an expectation persists relating to the priority Congress will give to pending projects when it resumes work.

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