Importers Complain, Exporters Rejoice

The Chamber of Commerce is demanding action by the Central Bank on the value of the Quetzal against the Dollar.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

The Guatemalan Chamber of Commerce (CCG) wants the Central Bank (Banguat) to intervene the market and stop the devaluation of the national currency, the Quetzal. For this, the Chamber will run an advertising campaign, explaining the consumer its reasons and problems.

The CCG argues that $1 equaled 7.65 Quetzales in August 2007, 7.39 Quetzales in the same month of 2008, and nowadays 8.24 Quetzales.

"In contrast, exporters enjoy the rise of the dollar's value", reported news website "Imported products where cheap in the past years, and the Quetzal was overvalued. Now the Dollar is regaining a position it should have enjoyed many years ago", explained Fanny de Estrada, executive director of the Guatemalan Exporters Association.

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