Problems with Guatemala - Honduras Customs Union

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.

Friday, September 22, 2017

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. The difficulties are such that many exporters and importers are still using the old form, and not the Central American Single Invoice and Statement (known as Fyduca in Spanish).

See "Honduras - Guatemala Customs Union: How does it work?"

Patricia Aguilar, User Council trainer at the International Transport of Guatemala (Cutrigua), explained to Elperiodico.com.gt that "when the information is filled in at the Fyduca to request that the system calculate taxes, it wont connect, therefore companies are opting to use the old form. " Another situation is when employers declare their VAT from a local sale or an export, but the Customs Union says it is a transfer or acquisition of goods, but there is no one to explain this or provide instruction on how to declare VAT," she indicated."

Agexport's Director of Institutional Relations, Fanny D. Estrada, "... recalled that the use of Fyduca for free trade goods will be mandatory from January next year, but the adoption process is slow, therefore work needs to be done so that it doesn't end up being implemented at the last minute."



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