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Import/Export

United States to Guatemala

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Commodity Specific Stipulations

There are special stipulations on the following commodities when shipping to Guatemala. If you plan to ship one of the commodities listed below, be sure to adhere to the following stipulations in order to avoid delays and holds at customs.

"Import of Alcoholic beverages into Guatemala is permitted via ISC contract service. Business to consumer (B2C) and Business to Business (B2B) shipments are allowed into Guatemala. Beer, wine and spirits (liquor). For B2B, importer is required to have an import permit. Customs must be notified of the importation of alcohol. If not informed customer may be fined USD 5,000 for not declaring. For B2C, amount is restricted to 2 bottles per importer."
It is necessary to pay duties (IPSA) a copyright that consist in a 3 percent duty estimate on the value of the product. If the compact disc (CD) is declared lower than US$4.50, a form must be filled out stating this value (US$4.50). Compact discs (CD's) cassettes, approximately 22% for duties and taxes, digital video discs (DVD's) and disk media will be assessed duty and taxes of 27%.
Prescriptions for personal use require an invoice and a prescription.

An Import License is required for commercial shipments of medicine. The Prescription has to accompany the package. However, it is not required to be on the outside of the package. It is acceptable to be included inside the package.

A Certificate of Origin is required for products for human or animal consumption that are derived from animal or plant products. Commercial shipments or sample shipments of this product will require a Certificate of Origin to obtain the import permit.
Articles of leather require a Zoosanitary Certificate and a Free Sale Certificate issued by the Department of Agriculture of the exporting country or territory. The consignee must be registered with MAGA (Guatemalan Department of Agriculture) to import such products.
Medicine shipments are classified in two categories:
  1. For personal shipments of prescriptions, the prescription from the doctor should be included.
  2. For commercial shipments, a registration number in Guatemala should be included.

In the case of medicines not registered in Guatemala, the invoice should state "samples for registration". Otherwise, a temporary permit can be obtained from the Health Ministry. Medicine shipments into Guatemala require a Certificate of Free Sale.

Customers must use an authorized UPS / MBE (Mail Boxes Etc) Store, UPS Customer Center or ISC Approved Shipper to ship personal effects.

The UPS Store, Mail Boxes Etc, UPS Customer Center or ISC approved shipper will be required to identify personal effect shipments on the shipping label by placing "Personal Effects" in the Reference Field of a UPS "smart" label or in the Special Instructions Field of a UPS waybill. They must also clearly indicate 'Personal Effects' shipment on the Commercial Invoice.

Personal Effects are classified as used items (owned for a minimum of 6 months) intended for the consignee's personal use. Any items intended for any other use, such as wholesale or retail sales, business purposes, or for distribution are not considered personal effects and cannot be shipped on this basis. "Personal Effects" must be clearly stated on the invoice and goods description.

All of the following documents must be scanned into DIS/SIR and originals on the package:

An inventory list with estimated values with the reason for importation (holidays, move, relocation) A confirmation that the goods are older than 6 months and that they are intended for personal use only A photocopy of passport or ID card Any items intended for any other use, such as wholesale or retail sales, business purposes, or for distribution are not considered personal effects and cannot be shipped on this basis.

Excisable goods (for example, perfume, alcoholic drinks, tobacco), medicine and perishable food can not be cleared as personal effects.

Personal effects shipments are not allowed in combination with Return Services.

Prohibited or Restricted Commodities

In addition to the commodities which UPS prohibits to all countries or territories served (listed here), it is prohibited to ship the following commodities to Guatemala.

Electronic Cigarettes can only be shipped with an International Special Commodities (ISC) contract.

Imports require an Original Commercial Invoice and the Original Transportation Documents.

Products made in Iran are prohibited in our service due to a current embargo.
A Phytosanitary Certificate and Certificate of Free Sale must be provided by the Department of Agriculture of the exporting country or territory. The consignee must be registered with MAGA (Department of Agriculture) to import such products.

NOTE: Information provided by UPS is provided AS IS, may not be current, and does not constitute legal advice. In no event shall UPS be liable for any errors in the information, forms or features made available by UPS, or by any third party site linked to from UPS. Selection and completion of proper forms for any given shipment is the sole responsibility of the shipper. All shipments are subject to the UPS Terms and Conditions of Service in effect at the time of shipping for the country or territory of origin.
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