Doing Business in
Guatemala

The gateway to Central America

Guatemala Success Stories

Doing Business in Guatemala

One of the most important benefits of doing business in Guatemala is its advantageous geographical location.  Guatemala’s proximity to Mexico and to the rest of Central America makes the country a bridge to a market that has over 68 million inhabitants and a GDP of US $319 billion.  Additionally, doing business in Guatemala enables companies to establish themselves in what is a major regional logistics hub.

A Skilled Labor Force

Guatemala’s economically active population is composed of 6.7 million individuals.  Seventy-percent of the population is under 30 years of age.

Those doing business in Guatemala have access to graduates from its 14 distinguished universities.  These institutions of higher learning have approximately 50 locations throughout the country that have a total student enrollment of almost 313, 000 individuals.  These students are educated in the humanities, as well as in technical areas that meet international standards.

An Excellent Economy

Doing business in Guatemala is to have operations in Central America’s largest economy.  The country represents a full 35% of the region’s GDP and has had its rate of foreign direct investment grew by a very healthy 376% since 2013. This demonstrates the confidence that the international business community has in the stability of the Guatemalan economy.  Guatemala’s expanded at a rate of 2.9% in 2016 and at a rate of 3.4% in 2017.

The principal sectors of the Guatemalan economy are manufacturing, services, and retail commerce.  They represent a full 45% of the nation’s GDP.  Additionally, the Guatemalan currency, the Quetzal, has maintained its stability against the US dollar for the last decade.

 

 

An Advanced Telecommunications Infrastructure

Companies that are doing business in Guatemala have access to a robust telecommunications infrastructure.  The country privatized the sector in 1996.  This includes the includes the provision of T-1 services.  The country assures 99% redundancy of its fiber optic connections from both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts.  Guatemalans are well connected.  There are 1.2 – 1.5 cellphones per person in Guatemala City. 

The Legal Framework for Doing Business in Guatemala

Guatemala is an open, free market economy.  All of its sectors are open to foreign investment.  Beyond applicable taxes, Guatemala places no restrictions on remittances and repatriated capital. 

Free Trade Agreements

Those doing business in Guatemala will have been able to take advantage of the free trade agreements that the government has negotiated.  Among the countries with which Guatemala has free trade agreements include the entirety of Central America, the United States, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Panama, Chile, and the European Union.  Guatemala along with the United States, Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic.   As a result of having signed this accord 92% of US industrial and consumer goods can be imported into Guatemala with no tariffs applied.  Additionally, 82% of US agricultural exports can enter the country free of charge.

The Central American Group in Guatemala

The CAG acts as a shipping agent and third-party logistics company in Guatemala through Grupo Maritimo

 

 

Interested in Guatemala?

Download the whitepaper to learn about:

  • starting a business; 
  • dealing with construction permits;
  • getting electricity;
  • registering property. 

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