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.
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.
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.
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.
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