New National Customs Law in Guatemala

On December 2nd the amendments to the law that regulates the processes for entry and exit of goods into the country will take effect.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

From a press release published in Diario de Centro América:

Decree 14-2013 of Congress, National Customs Act, published today in the Diario de Centro América, will take effect on 2 December and contains in its articles customs procedures and supplementary provisions, administrative offenses and sanctions, with the aim of regulating the entry and exit of goods in Guatemala.

It indicates that both the Declarant as well as the Customs Agent or the Special Customs Trustee have responsibility for crimes such as omission of original documents supporting the goods, when verification processes find undeclared surpluses, provision of incorrect information or omissions found in the declaration of goods, among other things.

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