New Advance in Honduras - Guatemala Customs Union

Completion has been announced of the pilot phase of the Central American Invoice and Single Declaration, and the process for the actual tests with companies is expected to start in the second week of May.

Monday, April 24, 2017

The Guatemalan government reported that the pilot tests for the transmission of the Central American Invoice and Single Declaration - FYDUCA - (a document that will record the purchase and legal tenancy of goods between Guatemala and Honduras) was successful, meaning that they are now in the adjustment phase.

From a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Trade:

Guatemala, April 21, 2017. The XVII Round of Guatemala-Honduras Customs Union concluded on Friday with the expectation of moving towards the free transit of goods between the two countries starting in the first week of July.

Enrique Lacs, the Vice Minister of Foreign Trade, who led Guatemala during the working week of the latest round, held joint meetings with his Honduran counterpart, Melvin Redondo, as well as with process coordinators, groups technical dealing with customs, internal tributes, migration, sanitary and phytosanitary measures; and with technicians for origin and tariffs of both countries.



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Twelve months after the entry into force of the treaty between the two countries, trade figures have favored the two Central American countries.  In 2017, exports from Honduras to Guatemala totaled $384 million, 16% more than in 2016, and sales made from Guatemala to Honduras amounted to $967 million, which is equivalent to a 6% increase.  

Customs Union: Mandatory Use of Fyduca

February 2018

Starting from March 1, use of the Invoice and Central American single declaration will be mandatory to transport merchandise through border posts between Guatemala and Honduras.

In December authorities in Guatemala and Honduras decided to postpone the mandatory use of the Central American single invoice and declaration (Fyduca) form, due to, among other things, ignorance about the use of the system on the part of some companies.

Problems with Guatemala - Honduras Customs Union

September 2017

Businesses have reported difficulties when using the system that generates the invoice and the Central American single statement form and state that the three integrated customs offices are not working.

Integration of customs systems in Honduras and Guatemala started three months ago, but not in the agile way that the companies that trade in the region had hoped for.

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