No Customs Penalties For Three Months

By executive decree, the government of Guatemala is exempting businesses and individuals from paying fines for customs offenses between March 19th and June 15th, 2012.

Monday, March 19, 2012

In the stipulated period, the Ministry of Finance will exempt any person or legal entity who commits any of the administrative customs offenses punishable by a fine established by the National Customs Act, under Government Agreement No. 51-2012.

The amount of the exemption is authorized for violations of 100% of the total fine. The Tax Authority (SAT) is the body responsible for applying the exemptions, reported Siglo21.com.gt.

The decree is motivated by the need for the formal release of the National Customs Act to have a reasonable time period so that all parties involved can get prepared in all necessary aspects, logistics, systems, etc..

Another objective is to prevent violations resulting from a poor initial knowledge of all aspects of the law from causing delays or interference with foreign trade.



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