The Governments of Guatemala and Mexico signed an agreement on mutual administrative assistance and exchange of information on customs matters on Thursday to strengthen controls and fight against fraud and smuggling.
This document, signed in Mexico, empowers customs administrations to carry out joint operations at the facilities located on the common border and was signed by the Minister of Public Finance of Guatemala, Víctor Martínez, and the Secretary of the Treasury and Mexican Public Credit, Arturo Herrera .
Also participating in the act were the Superintendent of Tax Administration, Abel Cruz, and the Customs Mayor, Wener Ovalle, both of the Government of Guatemala.
The objective of this agreement is to allow the exchange of information, develop technical assistance programs and joint strategies for strengthening customs controls and the fight against customs fraud and contraband.
The coordination between the two Administrations, as indicated by the Guatemalan Government, will "strengthen institutional controls and capacities, as well as the subscription of documents through which joint operations will be established to carry out coordinated controls on means of transport and goods ".
This also helps "simplification and reduction of time, as part of the" processes "component of the Customs Integral Modernization Program (MIAD) and in pursuit of objective 3 of the Institutional Strategic Plan (PEI) 2018-2023, which seeks to" Increase the efficiency of the Customs Service ”.
Guatemala, due to its geographical condition, is the gateway for the import and export of goods from the Central American market to Mexico, which is why the country is potentialized as a "logistics hub," the Guatemalan Treasury added in a statement.
The so-called cooperation between Border Organizations encourages the member countries of the Agreement on Facilitation to establish these types of alliances, which allow for the "development of common processes, use of facilities, operational coordination, and even homologation of hours of service, in benefit of international trade facilitation ".
The Guatemalan Chamber of Food and Beverage – integrated by the rice, oil, poultry, pigs, sweets and candies, cookies, cornmeal, eggs, milk and dairy products, pasta and snacks sectors, among others – said the Last year that smuggling generates losses for the Central American country for more than 16,000 million annual quetzales (2,179.8 million dollars).
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