Regulations for Collection in Development Areas

In Guatemala, the regulations governing the tariffs to be applied to users, administrators and economic zones have come into force as part of the new legislation on Special Public Economic Development Zones.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

The tariffs that will be applied according to the categories established in the regulation, published in the Diario de Centroamérica on June 28th, were effective.

The tables detailed in Ministerial Agreement 274-2019, which was issued by the Ministry of Finance, vary their percentages based on the category of the special zones, which are defined according to the location of the economic zones.

You may be interested in "Incentives That Work” y "Tax Benefits for Companies in Special Zones”.

Category 1 includes the departments of Alta Verapaz, Huehuetenango and Chiquimula. Category 2 includes Quiché, Jalapa, Totonicapán, San Marcos, Sololá, Jutiapa, Baja Verapaz, Petén, Santa Rosa, Suchitepéquez, Retalhuleu, Izabal, Chimaltenango and Zacapa.

Category 3 applies to Escuintla, El Progreso, Quetzaltenango and Sacatepéquez, and Category 4 includes Guatemala only. See details of the charges in official publication.

Antonio Malouf, director of the Clothing and Textiles Commission (Vestex), explained to that ZDEEPs are options "... for the different regions of the country to develop. However, there is still a need to improve the conditions of the road network in order to be able to send containers to the departments."

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