Implementation of Guatemala - Honduras Customs Union

Customs Union between Guatemala and Honduras passes implementation phase after submission of the Enabling Protocol to SICA.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

From a statement issued by the Secretariat of Central American Economic Integration:

Central, 4 May 2016. The Republics of Guatemala and Honduras, accompanied by the Secretariat of Central American Economic Integration (SIECA), officially delivered the Enabling Protocol for the Deep Integration Process into the free transit of goods and individuals between the two countries, for its submission to the General Secretariat of the Central American Integration System (SICA).

The Protocol will take full effect eight days after its submission to the SICA, to make way for a period of five or six months for the implementation process. In this way, Guatemala and Honduras will form a single customs territory equivalent to almost 50 percent of the Central American population and about 52 percent of domestic trade in the region.



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