Reduced Smuggling in Guatemala

Anti smuggling operations are working, resulting in tax collections by Customs grow by 3%.

Friday, November 2, 2012

From a publication in Diario de Centro América:

Working together to reduce smuggling

The first quarterly report of the National Commission Against Contraband (CONACON) contains encouraging news: From June to September smuggling has been reduced and customs revenue increased 3%.

In the event during which the report was unveiled, President Otto Perez Molina said that CONACON’s work is important for the government, because it is through this that job losses as a result of the unfair competition posed by this unlawful activity are combated.

CONACON is coordinated by Vice President Roxana Baldetti and integrates with the Ministry of the Interior, National Civil Police, Civil Intelligence Directorate, Ministry of Defence, Public Ministry and the Tax Authority.

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