Guatemala Focus: Customs Import Declaration, Hazardous chemicals

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Customs Import Declaration

The sample contained in the document entitled Customs Import Declaration has been exchanged for the version of the form of the Unified Central American Declaration (DUCA) in accordance with Annex I to Resolution No. 409-2018 (COMIECO-LXXXV). For more details, please turn to the quoted document.

Hazardous Chemicals

Guatemala is a member of the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade, commonly known as the Rotterdam Convention. This Convention undertakes to ensure that exports of designated chemical substances may only take place with the consent of the importing party. By means of the prior informed consent (PIC) procedure, information is gathered and disseminated as to whether an importing party wishes to receive future shipments of a certain chemical and to ensure the compliance with that decision by the exporting party. The treaty further requires all parties to notify the Convention Secretariat about any national legal changes with regard to a ban or a severe restriction of a chemical. In terms of the actual shipment of a product, information about the characteristics of the chemical must be provided, labelling requirements adhered to and stipulations such as the indication of the HS Code in the shipping documents met, thus guaranteeing the sound handling of such substance.


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