Restrictions Repealed on Export of Plastics

Governmental Agreement number 333-2011 of December 2011, which set annual quotas for the export of waste, parings and scrap plastic, has been repealed.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The regulation establishing annual fees implemented by the previous government was rejected by small business owners and recyclers.

Governmental Agreement number 56-2012 of the Ministry of Economy repealing the annual quotas states, "... the measure to restrict exports of these raw materials is considered inappropriate, considering that individuals and small companies engaged in the collection of such materials, for subsequent sale and /or export, generate sources of employment, foreign exchange income and environmental sustainability. "

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From a statement issued by the Guatemalan Association of Exporters (-AGEXPORT-):

Guatemala: Plastics Exports Up

May 2014

In the first two months of the year sales of plastic products abroad increased by 8% compared to the same period in 2013.

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Guatemala Exports 24% More Plastic

January 2013

The Guatemalan plastics industry exported 110,485 metric tons in 2011, while in 2010 only 88,906 metric tons were sold abroad.

According to a statement from the Guatemalan Exporters Association (AGEXPORT):

According to the Plastics Commission of the Guatemalan Exporters Association, trade promotion, training and education were the key initiatives that enabled the national plastics industry to increase exports from 88,906 MT to 110,485 MT in a year.

Growth in Plastics El Salvador

January 2013

Between 2009 and 2012 exports of Salvadoran plastic products grew by 60%, reaching $105 million, with the main buyer being Guatemala.

The plastics industry of El Salvador increased its foreign sales by 60% between 2009 and 2012. According to data of the Central Reserve Bank of El Salvador, in 2012 alone, over $81 million worth was sold to Guatemala.

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