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Exporting goods to Guatemala, whether it is for the first time, or on a regular basis, can be a challenging experience. There are many elements to consider when shipping to a country such as Guatemala.
If you are in Canada or the US and not entirely familiar with the Latin American market, you should consider a cargo shipping company that knows the business culture, the language, the customs regulations and has a proven track record of success when it comes to shipping to Guatemala.

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT IN GUATEMALA?

Regulations in Guatemala are not only very different from the ones in the US or Canada, communication methods and business etiquette are also very distinct:
Corporate culture in Guatemala is relationship-driven. Known as conservative and formal but friendly people, Guatemalans value trust, honor & camaraderie. They attach great importance to developing personal relationships rather than formal business connections which is the norm in the US or Canada. Therefore, it is important to develop easy going business “friendships”, as Guatemalans may be more loyal to you personally rather than to the company you represent. Third-party contacts are also a key to business success in Guatemala. An established person vouching for you and presenting your company will help you gain trust in the market.
Guatemalans are very conscious about punctuality therefore being on time is important for business appointments as well as for social occasions.
It is also important to consider the language as a possible barrier. Although most highly educated business executives speak English fluently, the average person speaks only Spanish. The Mayan language is also spoken by some Guatemalans.

QUICK FACTS ABOUT GUATEMALA (2018)

  • Capital: Guatemala City
  • Other Large Cities: Mixco, Villa Nueva, Quetzaltenang, Petapa, Escuintla
  • Population: 17,247,807 (Urban Population: 51.1%)
  • Official languages: Spanish
  • Time Zone : GMT - 6
  • Currency: Guatemala Quetzal (GTQ)

ECONOMIC SNAPSHOT ( Source: IMF - World Bank, 2018)

  • GDP: 78.46 billion USD (GDP Growth: 3.1% / GDP per capita: 4,545 USD)
  • Inflation Rate: 3.8%
  • Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
  • Total Imports of Goods: 19,69 billion USD
  • FDI Inward Flow: 1,05 billion USD (1,3% of GDP)
  • Ease of Doing Business Score (2019) : 98th / 190

WHY DOING BUSINESS WITH GUATEMALA IS THE RIGHT DECISION

Guatemala is the largest and one of the most stable economies in Central America. It offers a unique and dynamic background for companies looking to expand internationally.
The country’s economic performance has been historically tied to its agriculture. However its recent market expansion has been focused on the production, manufacture and exportation of value-added products such as textile, apparel, processed food, medicaments and others.

Guatemala’s proximity to Mexico, as well as the US and Canada via the USMCA (United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement), gives this country an important geographical advantage. Furthermore, the customs union with Honduras and El Salvador makes it possible for Guatemala to become a strategic location in the supply chain of different industries.

The country is also the most populous in the region and Guatemala’s demand for imports is expected to increase in the next decade, offering opportunities for international exporters in different sectors such as food & beverage, apparel, or automotive.

The need for shipping to and from Guatemala has been increasing exponentially during recent years. With LAC by your side you will reinforce your company’s cargo shipping capability to Guatemala.
Our experienced professionals are very familiar with the market requirements in Guatemala which is very important to avoid delays during the importation process. We provide you with all the necessary tools to break into the Guatemalan market, headache free.

GUATEMALA TRADE OVERVIEW

  • MAIN IMPORTS: Petroleum, Telecommunication Equipment, Vehicles and Parts, Medicaments, Logistics Material, Polymers and Plastics
  • MAIN EXPORTS: Fruits, Sugar Raw, Coffee, Palm Oil, Nuts, Textiles, Medicaments, Flowers
  • INDUSTRIES WITH STRONG BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES: Manufacturing, Agriculture Equipment, Mining, infrastructures and Construction, Hydroelectric and Geothermal Energy
  • PRINCIPAL TRADING PARTNERS: USA, China, Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Canada, Europe (Netherlands, Italy, Germany), China, Colombia, South Korea

What makes us your ideal logistics partner?

Every country in every continent offers a unique mix of laws, guidelines, customs regulations, documentation requirements, controlled or prohibited goods lists, communication norms, and cultural biases. If you want to be successful in penetrating the Guatemalan market, you will need a logistics partner that understands the Guatemalan culture, the business landscape and speaks the local language as well.

Our team of experts offer you superior freight forwarding services and the best rates for your cargo shipping to Guatemala. Our combined experience, extensive knowledge; logistics skills and local connections will help you get started on the right foot and make sure that your goods are transported quickly, safely, and worry-free.

We have your company’s best interests at heart, if you want to be successful in Guatemala, Latin American Cargo is the best freight forwarding company for you.

IMPORT AND CUSTOM PARTICULARS

If you are sending merchandise to Guatemala by sea or air for the first time, guidance and support will surely be needed, as there are guidelines, prohibitions and restrictions to consider.

WHAT PAPERWORK IS NEEDED FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPMENTS TO GUATEMALA?


Documentation requirements vary depending on the category of goods being shipped, and can get quite extensive. They usually include: Commercial invoice, Bill of lading / Air waybill, Packing list, Insurance certificate, Certificate of Origin (if required). To avoid delays or hassles when shipping to Guatemala, your packing list must be as detailed as possible. Vague wording like “miscellaneous” attracts negative attention and further inspections.

WHAT ARE THE REGULATIONS AND RESTRICTIONS WHEN SHIPPING TO GUATEMALA?


Regulations can be strict on certain categories of goods being imported to Guatemala. Prior authorization or special permits may be needed for certain items such as agricultural products, processed foods, pharmaceutical, cosmetics or antiques. Prohibited commodities include certain used vehicles, used clothing and accessories, used tires, certain used machinery and all types of toxic wastes or dangerous residues.

Duties and tariffs are usually based on the total value of the shipment in question, and depending on how well-documented the cargo is, those values could be determined by the judgment of Customs Officials on the spot.

Shipping cargo to Guatemala is easier with LAC as we have overcome these obstacles many times and have developed a thorough understanding of the customs procedures.

MAIN OCEAN PORTS AND CARGO AIRPORTS WHEN SHIPPING TO / FROM GUATEMALA

  • MAIN OCEAN PORTS: Puerto Quetzal, Santo Tomás de Castilla, Puerto Barrios
  • MAIN CARGO AIRPORTS: Guatemala City (GUA)

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