Honduras Approves Customs Union with Guatemala

While the Enabling Protocol was not even reviewed by guatemalan lawmakers, the Honduran Congress has already given its approval.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

From a statement issued by the National Congress of Honduras:

The treaty is consistent with the legal instruments of Central American economic integration and the general framework of the treaty for the establishment of a customs union between Guatemala and Honduras and will allow for the free movement of natural persons between the two countries.

The project was launched on February 26 this year in the port city of Tela, Honduras, by the presidents of both countries and contains ideologies based on the "Morazanista Revolution", continued in modern times with the goal in mind to raise the movement of goods from 15 to 30 kilometers per hour, a standard which in developed countries exceeds 80 kilometers.

Trade between Honduras and Guatemala is made up of about 6,500 products, nearly 79 percent of goods will circulate freely on the effective date the customs union, an integrationist dream which first emerged under General Francisco Morazan during the seventeenth century.



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From a statement issued by the Ministry of Economy and Commerce of Guatemala:

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From a statement issued by the Ministry of Economy and Commerce of Guatemala:

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