Liquor Smuggling in Guatemala
The companies engaged in importing and distributing fine liquors have indicate that the high tariffs on these products are encouraging smuggling.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
An article in Siglo21.com.gt quotes the president of Distribuidora Alcazarén, Mariano Vadillo Portabella, who said: "the problem is so severe, that there are smugglers do not even need to use front companies to break the law, but go from person to person making individual visits to offer their products at very low costs, although with risks to consumer health, as the products do not meet the relevant standards and may have been tampered with".
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Businesses in Guatemala have suggested creating an anti-smuggling unit made up of the Public Ministry and the National Civil Police Force.
Anti smuggling operations are working, resulting in tax collections by Customs grow by 3%.
Central American Business Chambers call for stopping unfair trade in both directions between the two countries.
The president of Honduras announced, "We have discovered a smuggling ring, but do not worry, because we will put it in its place."
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