The Customs Union in the Northern Triangle

Negotiations have started to incorporate El Salvador into the Customs Union that is already functioning, albeit partially and with some setbacks, between Guatemala and Honduras.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Internal taxes, customs procedures, migration, tariffs and sanitary and phytosanitary permits are some of the issues to be addressed in the first round of negotiations between the Salvadoran government and its Guatemalan and Honduran counterparts. 

In a statement, the Ministry of Economy of El Salvador detailed that "... As part of its process of joining the customs union, El Salvador has decided to prioritise work on the border posts of Anguiatú and La Hachadura, in the case of the border with Guatemala, and in El Amatillo, in the case of Honduras."

Although the customs systems of Honduras and Guatemala were integrated almost four months ago, some businessmen have reported difficulties in using the system that generates the Single Central American Invoice and Declaration and state that the three integrated customs offices are not working.

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

The executive director of the Exporters Corporation of El Salvador (Coexport), Silvia Cuéllar, explained to that "... the ministries and private sectors of the three countries are continuing their efforts to concretize the incorporation of El Salvador 'before end the year,' as foreseen by the Salvadoran government."

However, Cuéllar said that "... technical tables 'could take more time, because different regulations have to be approved', and which products will make use of the Central American Single Invoice and Declaration (Fyduca), and what merchandise will still use the Central American Single Customs Form (Fauca)."

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Starting from March 1, use of the Invoice and Central American single declaration will be mandatory to transport merchandise through border posts between Guatemala and Honduras.

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July 2017

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The private sector will be part of the negotiation process that has just begun to incorporate El Salvador and Nicaragua into the Customs Union which is already in force between Guatemala and Honduras. 

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May 2017

During the first phase of implementation, scheduled for next July, the three border control posts to be activated will be El Florido, Agua Caliente-Corinto and Entre Ríos.

From a statement issued by the Ministry of Economy in Guatemala:

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