Importing Products from 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 betwenn Guatemala and 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 Guatemala to the UK

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


Transit time via sea from a port in Guatemala to the UK 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 exporter in Guatemala include having a tax indentification number. Requirements for the importer in Britain include having an EORI number.


Top-10 product types imported from Guatemala to United Kingdom in 2019

1. Vegetables and certain roots and tubers; edible
    ................................................................................................$23.2 M

2. Coffee, tea, mate, and spices
    ................................................................................................$21.2 M

3. Beverages, spirits, and vinegar
    ................................................................................................$17.9 M

4. Fruit and nuts, edible; peel of citrus fruit or melons
    ................................................................................................$14.9 M

5. Sugars and sugar confectionery
    ................................................................................................$11.2 M

6. Oil seed, grain, seed, fruit
    ................................................................................................$2.8 M

7. Articles of apparel, accessories, knit or crochet
    ................................................................................................$1.1 M

8. Paper & paperboard, articles of pulp, paper and board
    ................................................................................................$579.0 T

9. Vegetable, fruit, nut, etc food preparations
    ................................................................................................$533.3 T

10. Essential oils, perfumes, cosmetics, toiletries
    ................................................................................................$351.0 T

M: Millions USD
T: Thousands USD
Source: DIT / UN Comtrade



Where to search for Guatemalan products/exporters

AGEXPORT

You can find Guatemalan suppliers and products at Directory of exporters, an online tool which features products organised by sectors as well as suppliers contact details. This directory is managed by the Guatemala Exporters Association -AGEXPORT.


Import taxes/restrictions in the United Kingdom

Visit the UK Trade Tariff (official UK tariff classification site) to consult the applicable import taxes and restrictions (if any) to Guatemalan products. This is done by entering either the tariff code or the description of the particular commodity on the site's search tool.


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