Regional Sanitary Export Permits

Trade ministers from the region are promoting the regional recognition of sanitary permits by its digitization and online availability.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Trade ministers from the region analyzed uploading permissions to a web platform in order to expedite the process of trading regionally. The initiative would allow an exporter registered in Guatemala not to have to send physical documents to another Central American country in order to register.

"... it just need the authorization of the Council of Ministers for Economic Integration (Comieco)."The program which will implement the exchange of information in the Isthmus in the cloud will be funded under the Association Agreement with Europe," said Maria Luisa Flores, Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade of Guatemala.

"Among the information which would be stored is health records of exporters and specific permissions in order to establish mutual recognition by the countries involved."

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