Exporting Products to GUATEMALA

Location: Guatemala is located in the north of Central America, is bordered by Mexico to the north and west, Belize and the Caribbean Sea to the northeast, Honduras to the east, El Salvador to the south-east, and the Pacific Ocean to the south. The capital and largest city is Guatemala City.

Is there a trade agreement between Guatemala and the UK? Yes, as part of the UK-Central America association agreement. The agreement maintains at present the same tariff preferences that are contained in the Central American treaty with the European Union. The other countries included in this trade association are Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama.

Guatemalan national currency: Quetzal (GTQ).

Official language: Spanish.


Shipping from the UK to Guatemala

Transit time via air from the UK to airport in Guatemala is approximately 3 days. Guatemala's main cargo international airport is La Aurora, located in Guatemala City.


Transit time via sea from the UK to a port in Guatemala is approximately 21 to 28 days. Guatemala’s main sea ports are Quetzal, on the Pacific coast, and Santo Tomas de Castilla on the Atlantic coast.

Export documents required include packing list, commercial invoice, and health / organic / origin / phytosanitary certificate(s) where applicable. Requirements for the importer in Guatemala include having a tax indentification number. Requirements for the exporter in Britain include having an EORI number.


Top-10 products exported from the United Kingdom to Guatemala in 2019

1. Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical
    appliances; parts thereof
    ...............................................................................................$15.6 M

2. Vehicles; other than railway or tramway rolling stock,
    and parts and accessories thereof
    ...............................................................................................$15.1 M

3. Mineral fuels, oils, distillation products, etc
    ...............................................................................................$12.1 M

4. Optical/photo/technical/medical apparatus
    ...............................................................................................$6.4 M

5. Beverages, spirits and vinegar
    ...............................................................................................$6.1 M

6. Pharmaceutical products
    ...............................................................................................$3.3 M

7. Plastics and articles thereof
    ...............................................................................................$2.8 M

8. Miscellaneous chemical products
    ...............................................................................................$2.0 M

9. Articles of iron and steel
    ...............................................................................................$1.9 M

10. Miscellaneous edible preparations
    ...............................................................................................$1.4 M

M = Millions USD
Source: DIT / UN Comtrade



Find opportunities to export to Guatemala

If you are an exporter based in Britain, the UK Department for International Trade (DIT), offers an online data base where you can search for current export opportunities and pitch your products to overseas buyers including Guatemalan importers.

If you are an importer based in Guatemala looking for British products, we invite you to complete the application form at great.gov.uk to access contact details of British exporters via this tool which is administrated by the UK government. When completing the form, please reply 'Britain Latin America Logistics Ltd' to the question 'Where did you hear about great.gov.uk?'


Import taxes/restrictions in Guatemala

logo SAT Guatemala with link to site

Visit the official Guatemalan customs website at SAT to consult the applicable import taxes and restrictions. If you are based in the UK, you can access the UK official export tool: goods from the United Kingdom to Guatemala.


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