Possible Opening of Import Quotas

A ruling by the Constitutional Court of Guatemala on imports of paddy rice could set a precedent for other products.

Friday, August 23, 2013

On July 31 last, the Constitutional Court of Guatemala hosted a constitutional motion filed by the Arrocera San Francisco, in relation to the distribution of import quotas of 72,800 tons of paddy rice, duty free, under the trade agreement with the United States.

The company explained that the Directorate of Foreign Trade Administration (DACE), under the Ministry of Economy, allocated an 85% share to importers classified as "historic", arguing that such treatment was discriminatory against importers not listed under this description.

This precedent could affect the quotas of other products such as beef, powder milk, butter, pork, rice and wheat, which were also negotiated giving preference to "historic" importers.

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The administrative proceedings presented by Liga Agrícola Industrial de la Caña de Azúcar (LAICA) against the Ministry of Foreign Trade (COMEX), aim to limit the quotas for historic imports of sugar, and could have consequences for other mass consumption products in the country.

Guatemala Court Suspends Rice Quota

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The Constitutional Court has temporarily suspended Article 19 of Governmental Decree 441-2013, which contains Regulations for the Administration of Tariff Quotas for Rice.

This regulation was established in the FTA between Central America, the Dominican Republic and the United States.

Guatemala Has to Redistribute Rice Quota

September 2013

A judgment by the Constitutional Court obliges the Ministry of Economy to redistribute quotas for imports of unhusked rice.

Published yesterday in the official newspaper, the resolution in favor of Arrocera San Francisco argues that preferential treatment is being given to a group of grain importers from the U.S.

El Salvador: Enrollment for New Importers

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The Ministry of Economy has announced the enrollment period for those interested in participating as 'New Importers' in 2012 within the quotas established in the FTA with the U.S.

The Ministry of Economy of El Salvador is inviting interested parties to participate as New Importers within the agricultural quotas established under the FTA with the United States for 2012.

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