Honduras - Guatemala: Customs Union is Still Possible

Despite the corruption scandals that tarnished the policy in Guatemala and Honduras, Honduran businessmen say the project of to unify the border posts at the end of the year is still moving forward.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Amid strikes, marches and demonstrations which have taken place in Guatemala and Honduras, working groups composed of representatives of the private sector in both countries and the government have not stopped working, as reported entrepreneurs like Maria Antonia Rivera, from the Chamber of Commerce and Industries of Cortés.

Laprensa.hn reports that "... Luis Larach, former vice president of the Honduran Council of Private Enterprise (COHEP), believes that negotiations are well advanced and that this time it appears that borders will be unified. "It is something that we have been waiting for for many years. It was never has been able to be realized, but this time we feel that it will '. "

In addition to making progress in the negotiations, the two countries must work on reforms that are needed to standardize customs laws, integrate systems at border posts and other requirements.

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