Guatemala - Honduras Border Integration Starts

The first stage of the pilot program, which began on June 1, consists of transferring the post of El Florido Guatemala, to Honduran offices in Agua Caliente.

Monday, June 1, 2015

The second phase, scheduled for December, "... involves the installation of "peripheral posts", with which border points will be removed and turned into only crossing and control points, trade will through peripheral positions. " This will be possible once the congresses of both countries ratify the Enabling Protocol.

Boris Cabrera, trade facilitation adviser in the process, told S21.com.gt that for now, "... The customs delegation from Guatemala and Honduras are still operational, as are the immigration authorities of both countries and the quarantine unit of the Regional International Organization for Agricultural Health (OIRSA) that has always been integrated. "

"... Honduran representative Bennaton Abraham, president of the Federation of Industrial Chambers and Associations of Central America (Fecaica) stated that they will accompany this process from its inception, 'we attest that progress has been made and we are glad that the business relationship between the two countries will be able to increase'. "



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March 2015

Different tariff policies from the rest of the region and inadequate infrastructure at border posts do not facilitate the country's integration into the Customs Union.

Authorities at the Customs Department claim that they have identified the aspects that need to be worked on and improved in order to achieve integration with other countries in the region.

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