Progress on Honduras-Guatemala Customs Union

Approval has been given to the list of products exempted for free movement and the format of the invoice and Central American single declaration.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

From a statement issued by Sieca:

Central America, January 27, 2017. In the fifteenth round of negotiations held in Tegucigalpa between January 23 and 27 2017, Guatemala and Honduras adopted measures to accelerate the implementation of a Customs Union between the two countries.

The Ministerial Instance - composed of Enrique Lacs, Vice Minister representing the Ministry of Economy of Guatemala and Melvin Redondo, Sub Secretary on behalf of the Ministry of Economic Development of Honduras - adopted four resolutions and two agreements, which pave the way for implementation of the Customs Union.
In addition approval was given to adding two new product categories to the regime of exceptions to the free movement of goods:

  •   Goods with differentiated sanitary conditions for agricultural inputs; and
  •   Goods exempted from tariff differences in free trade agreements in force by States Parties. 



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